The Miami Marlins' season was officially put on hold Tuesday, after another day of confirmed positive Coronavirus cases struck the organization.
The stoppage came just three games into the already shortened 60-game season, which began last Friday in Philadelphia. The team remained in Philly after 19 confirmed cases including players and coaches were reported.
The plan from MLB was 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:
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 on Tuesday, 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 as well, explaining the protocols the team is taking to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Professional sports has ramped back up in the United States despite over 4 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University Data.