MLB Season Would Already Be On Hold 'If It Was The Yankees'

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By 790 The Ticket

The Miami Marlins' season is officially on hold after another day of confirmed positive Coronavirus cases struck the organization.

The stoppage comes just three games into the already shortened 60-game season, which began last Friday in Philadelphia. The team remains in Philly after 19 confirmed cases including players and coaches were reported.

The plan from MLB is to keep the Marlins off the field until at least Sunday, and allow the team to continue to test players and prepare a healthy, Covid-19-free roster to continue playing next week.

MLB released the following statement:

MLB statement... pic.twitter.com/zJ681SwLsp

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2020

As the pandemic now begins to directly impact Major League Baseball, questions are rising over the validity of MLB’s health and safety protocols as it continues to find a way to play the 2020 season.

USA Today’s MLB columnist Bob Nightengale joined Hoch and Crowder and went as far as to say that he believes the entire season would have already been put on pause had this outbreak impacted a more prominent franchise.

“I really believe if it was the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers they would have paused this season. Because it was the Marlins and they’re not supposed to be competitive this year, the season goes on.”

Listen to the entire interview with Bob Nightengale below:

 

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement today as well explaining the protocols the team is taking to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Derek Jeter says in a statement that Marlins are now testing daily and will remain in Philadelphia for the time being. Plan is to prepare to return to action next week. pic.twitter.com/iJF6PtRYWN

— Will Manso (@WillManso) July 28, 2020

Professional sports has ramped back up in the United States despite over 4 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University Data.