The regional version chosen has teams play each division rival 10 times mixed with 20 games against the corresponding division in the other league. The Milwaukee Brewers home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals scheduled for Friday was postponed after at least one positive COVID-19 test within the Cardinals' organization. The team also said nobody left for Miller Park on Friday morning. While other leagues are tightly restricting the movements and contacts of their players and staff, MLB has basically said, "You be careful out there!". "The health and safety of our players and employees are, and will continue to be, our top priorities".
The Phillies' four-game, home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed this week following a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played a season-opening series in Philadelphia last weekend. Milwaukee was the second stop of the Cardinals' current road trip after playing in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Twins hosted Cleveland on Thursday night, meaning the Indians likely used the same visiting clubhouse as St. Louis.
Manager Dave Martinez said the Nationals hope their 21-year-old slugger will be allowed to work out with the team starting Saturday and play in their first game after that - which is next Tuesday at home against the New York Mets.
As for the outbreak itself, more than half of the Miami Marlins' roster has tested positive for COVID-19.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the test results were not announced. The Marlins and their most recent opponent, the Philadelphia Phillies, haven't played since Sunday, and neither will be back on the field again before next Monday. The trip is expected to take about 18 hours.
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But as much as there is a grim comedy in watching a bad Marlins team try to muddle its way through an outbreak, the situation with the Phillies must have even Manfred reconsidering his opinion on nightmares.
There's a unusual, cold logic to that: because MLB's plan had no mechanism to prevent players and staff from circulating in the same cities where the pandemic is uncontrolled, all while travelling between them, there was bound to be positive cases among those players.
Indeed it is not just the Marlins that have been impacted by the team's rash of positive cases.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that Major League Baseball has informed all teams they must have a coronavirus compliance officer who will travel with the team and assure all proper measures are being taken.