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"A team losing a number of players that rendered it completely noncompetitive would be an issue that we would have to address and have to think about making a change."
This did cause a wake-up call across baseball, though. Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez said his concern level went from 8 to 12.
"I’m gonna be honest with you: I’m scared. I really am," Martinez said.
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell said they have to double down on their efforts to be safe.
"We got a huge punch to the face, really, of like: Man, we got to be perfect here, right?" he said.
The Phillies staff who worked in the Marlins clubhouses last weekend went into quarantine. The Phillies clean each clubhouse, home and away, every day.
“We expected we were gonna have positive at some point and time. I remain optimistic that the protocols are strong enough, that it will allow us to continue to play even through an outbreak like this and completely our season,” Manfred said.
The nation’s leading expert of infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, shared his thoughts on the matter Tuesday on "Good Morning America" when asked if the baseball season can continue after what happened to the Marlins.
One of the topics that came up during Manfred’s conversation with Tom Veducci Monday on MLB Network was the fact Major League Baseball chose to play in their home ballparks with regional travel, while the NBA and NHL, as well as other professional leagues, are playing in hub environments, or “bubbles.”
Sixers head coach Brett Brown has gushed on many occasions since the Sixers arrived in Disney World about the protective campus the NBA has created, and believes it could be a blueprint for many industries.
Manfred explained to Verducci that it wasn’t feasible to have baseball be in one or two locations like basketball and hockey.
“The numbers of people involved and the numbers of people to support the number of players was much, much larger in our sport. The duration would’ve been much longer, and the longer you go, the more people you have, the less likely it is that you can make the bubble work,” Manfred said.
NFL training camps underway
The testing and intake protocol has begun for NFL training camps. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talked on Monday about how the protective measures the NFL and the Eagles are taking with the coronavirus still out there.
Tuesday morning, WIP’s and NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Ray Didinger shared his thoughts with KYW Newsradio about the start of camp during this uncertain time, and how he’s feeling about the chances the season takes place. To hear the entire interview, subscribe to the KYW Sports Pod, or listen below.