MLB 2020

Sid Snot

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The Miami Marlins' season was suspended Tuesday by Major League Baseball after 15 players and two staff members tested positive for coronavirus between Friday and Tuesday.
In a statement, Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said the team will remain in Philadelphia and continue testing, isolation and quarantining.
"We have moved to a daily testing schedule while we isolate and quarantine appropriately, along with enacting additional preventive procedures with our traveling party," Jeter said. "We look forward to safely returning to Miami where we conducted a successful and healthy Spring 2.0 before departing on the road and experiencing challenges. For the time being, we will remain in Philadelphia and gather information in order to make informed decisions and prepare for our return to action next week."

Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez recommended that once Marlins players return to South Florida, they should quarantine for 14 days.


Braves: There is a possibility that the infections occurred last Wednesday when the Marlins traveled to and from Atlanta for an exhibition game against the Braves.


Phillies: Their four-game series against the Yankees (two home, two away) was postponed as MLB awaited test results from their players who may have come in contact with Marlins players over their first three games. Philadelphia's next game will be at home on Friday against the Blue Jays.


Yankees, Orioles: The scheduled opponents for the Marlins and Phillies will now face each other in Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday instead of sitting idle until the weekend.


Nationals: The defending World Series champions will have the weekend off with their three-game series against the Marlins postponed.
 
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The Miami Marlins' season was suspended Tuesday by Major League Baseball after 15 players and two staff members tested positive for coronavirus between Friday and Tuesday.
In a statement, Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said the team will remain in Philadelphia and continue testing, isolation and quarantining.
"We have moved to a daily testing schedule while we isolate and quarantine appropriately, along with enacting additional preventive procedures with our traveling party," Jeter said. "We look forward to safely returning to Miami where we conducted a successful and healthy Spring 2.0 before departing on the road and experiencing challenges. For the time being, we will remain in Philadelphia and gather information in order to make informed decisions and prepare for our return to action next week."

Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez recommended that once Marlins players return to South Florida, they should quarantine for 14 days.


Braves: There is a possibility that the infections occurred last Wednesday when the Marlins traveled to and from Atlanta for an exhibition game against the Braves.


Phillies: Their four-game series against the Yankees (two home, two away) was postponed as MLB awaited test results from their players who may have come in contact with Marlins players over their first three games. Philadelphia's next game will be at home on Friday against the Blue Jays.


Yankees, Orioles: The scheduled opponents for the Marlins and Phillies will now face each other in Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday instead of sitting idle until the weekend.


Nationals: The defending World Series champions will have the weekend off with their three-game series against the Marlins postponed.
I'm just pontificating here, but I wonder how much of this is down to incompetence, and/or, some Trumpian attitude towards not taking it seriously.
 

Sid Snot

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I'm just pontificating here, but I wonder how much of this is down to incompetence, and/or, some Trumpian attitude towards not taking it seriously.
It would appear to be quite a lot....


The Miami Marlins may have jeopardized the entire pandemic-shortened MLB season with an avoidable act.
On the same day that the campaigns for the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies were temporarily suspended after the Marlins endured a coronavirus outbreak that infected at least 17 members of the organization, Bob Nightengale of USA Today appeared on Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 The Fan to discuss the story.
Per The Fan's Andrew Fillipponi, Nightengale suggested the Marlins weren't merely victims of misfortune:

.@BNightengale tells @937theFan that he's heard the Marlins outbreak started because Miami players left their hotel to go out and have a good time in Atlanta.
!!!
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) July 28, 2020
The Marlins played an exhibition game away in Atlanta last Wednesday. MLB is instructing teams to issue stronger, protective masks to their players and staff members. They will reinforce the protocols that players engage in social distancing, which means no high-fives or fist-bumps – let alone celebratory hugs. And, under no condition, are players permitted to stray from the team hotel on the road to frequent a restaurant, a club, or anywhere else but the hotel’s team dining room.
Nightengale added: The Marlins, whether they were careless or not, already are impacting the integrity of the MLB schedule.

Miami is sidelined through at least this weekend while club members undergo additional testing. The Phillies, who hosted the Marlins last weekend, could be cleared to return Friday depending on future test results.

MLB officials have repeatedly warned players and coaches about following health and safety protocols that prohibit physical contact such as high fives, fist bumps, and hugs among team personnel during the uncontrolled virus outbreak.

If the Marlins did worse, one wonders if the club could face serious punishment.
 
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jcfartpants

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It would appear to be quite a lot....


The Miami Marlins may have jeopardized the entire pandemic-shortened MLB season with an avoidable act.
On the same day that the campaigns for the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies were temporarily suspended after the Marlins endured a coronavirus outbreak that infected at least 17 members of the organization, Bob Nightengale of USA Today appeared on Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 The Fan to discuss the story.
Per The Fan's Andrew Fillipponi, Nightengale suggested the Marlins weren't merely victims of misfortune:



The Marlins played an exhibition game away in Atlanta last Wednesday. MLB is instructing teams to issue stronger, protective masks to their players and staff members. They will reinforce the protocols that players engage in social distancing, which means no high-fives or fist-bumps – let alone celebratory hugs. And, under no condition, are players permitted to stray from the team hotel on the road to frequent a restaurant, a club, or anywhere else but the hotel’s team dining room.
Nightengale added: The Marlins, whether they were careless or not, already are impacting the integrity of the MLB schedule.

Miami is sidelined through at least this weekend while club members undergo additional testing. The Phillies, who hosted the Marlins last weekend, could be cleared to return Friday depending on future test results.

MLB officials have repeatedly warned players and coaches about following health and safety protocols that prohibit physical contact such as high fives, fist bumps, and hugs among team personnel during the uncontrolled virus outbreak.

If the Marlins did worse, one wonders if the club could face serious punishment.
:rolleyes: ....are the Marlins now out for the entire season?
 

Sid Snot

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Sorry for the lengthy diatribe but I found the events interesting when one's home opener is away......


WASHINGTON (AP) Playing as the ''visiting'' team in their own stadium against the can't-play-at-home Blue Jays, Dave Martinez's Washington Nationals didn't even get the benefit of a boost from fake ''cheering'' by nonexistent ''spectators'' - those were reserved for Toronto's exploits Wednesday night.
So in this odd-as-can-be, upside-down, pandemic-altered season, the Nationals provided their own soundtrack of yells and claps and banging bats in a noisy dugout, reverberating through the empty yard.
Adam Eaton's (remember him playing left back for t'North End ;)?) bases-loaded chopper broke a scoreless tie in the 10th inning on a close play and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a three-run triple, helping the Nationals snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Blue Jays 4-0.
''They got really loud,'' Martinez said after his team's scoring output in the 10th equaled what the 2019 World Series champions managed to put together in the previous three games combined. ''They love to win - and they love to celebrate.''
Toronto batted in the bottom of each inning, wore its white uniforms, played its walk-up music and blared ''OK Blue Jays,'' the club's traditional seventh-inning stretch staple.
There were elements that made clear where this game was played: the giant curly ''W'' painted behind home plate; the heart with the letters ''DC'' cut into the outfield grass; the Nationals in their usual dugout.
Toronto's Nate Pearson, in his big league debut, and Washington's Max Scherzer, in his 358th start in the majors, put up plenty of zeros. So did the relievers that followed.
''It was cool to see him competing out there. It's definitely something I'll look back on my debut and say: I was able to match up with Max Scherzer and held my own for five innings,'' Pearson said.
In the top - yes, top - of the 10th, though, Washington moved ahead. After starting with the automatic runner on second base - one of the many quirks of a season unlike any other - Washington loaded the bags with two walks from Toronto's sixth pitcher, Shun Yamaguchi (0-2).
After two strikeouts, Eaton bounced a ball off the mound. Second baseman Cavan Biggio grabbed it and tried to dive glove-first at the bag, but was edged out by runner Andrew Stevenson. After a replay review of more than two minutes, the ''safe'' call was upheld, making it 1-0. Until then, the Nationals were 1-for-16 in 2020 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Cabrera then made it two hits in a row in such situations.
''We needed this win,'' Scherzer said. ''We needed to get some mojo going.''
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Pearson, a 2017 first-round draft pick, went five innings, gave up two hits and struck out five, relying mainly on a fastball that touched 99 mph and a terrific slider.
''He was outstanding,'' Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''He was fun to watch.''
Scherzer threw 112 pitches over 7 1/3 innings and struck out 10 - the 95th time he reached double-digit Ks.
On the last, Scherzer walked No. 9 hitter Derek Fisher, putting runners on the corners with one out. Daniel Hudson (1-0), who closed out Houston in Game 7 of the World Series last October, got the job done, with the help of a diving stop and backhanded flip by shortstop Trea Turner that started a 6-4-3 double play Martinez called ''awesome'' and ''unbelievable.''
The Blue Jays' giant blue logo was displayed on the scoreboard - right below the white block letters spelling out ''Nationals Park'' - during batting practice. And all of the manufactured crowd noise piped through the speakers offered ''cheers'' when Toronto did something good.
Except this game was played nearly 500 miles - or, in the metric system, about 775 kilometers - south of Toronto's Rogers Centre, which is off-limits because Canada's government did not want teams traveling in and out of there from the United States.
The Blue Jays will be using a minor league ballpark Buffalo, but that's still being upgraded to host major league games.
Asked about the quirkiness of playing a game as a ''visitor'' at home, Scherzer said: ''It didn't bug me whatsoever. I know how to pitch on the road. 2020 is a weird season. We all knew it.''

STILL MINUS SOTO
Nationals LF Juan Soto is still waiting to be cleared to play by the city government after getting the OK from Major League Baseball to return from the COVID-19 injured list.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Nationals: DH-1B Howie Kendrick was scratched with a stiff back.
Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (left hamstring) and OF Randal Grichuk (back tightness) sat out again.

UP NEXT
With Stephen Strasburg out, RHP Erick Fedde (0-0, 2.25) will fill in again Thursday, facing Blue Jays LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-0, 5.79).
 

Sid Snot

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Ah I thought I'd read they were done.
This is the latest news I can find (as of yesterday)....

Another Miami Marlins player has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in their traveling party to 18, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Major League Baseball had already postponed all of the Marlins' games through Sunday after the team's recent outbreak.
"It is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week," the league said in a statement.
The Marlins have remained in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend and have been undergoing daily testing. Sixteen players and two staffers have now tested positive.
No Phillies players or coaches have tested positive for the past two days, a source told ESPN, but an attendant for the visiting clubhouse did.
Postponements announced Tuesday were among a series of scheduling changes involving four other teams as a result of the fallout from the Marlins' positive tests. The Athletic was first to report this latest positive test.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the ESPN Daily podcast that he thinks MLB has "handled it well, to be honest with you, in that they've done virtually everything that you could do to try to get the main goal ... to protect the health and the welfare of the players and of the personnel associated with the team."
He added: "When I had discussion with some of the officials of different teams, as well as of MLB in general, we went over the different kinds of protocols that they would need ... the testing and the things. One of the things that came up as a big concern is what happens if a cluster of players get infected, and how are you going to handle that? Would that wind up not only shutting down the team? Would it then impact on other teams that would be playing? So it was a consideration.
"I think we're going to have to take it on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis."

The last sentence sums it up for now I guess.
 
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This is the latest news I can find (as of yesterday)....

Another Miami Marlins player has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in their traveling party to 18, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Major League Baseball had already postponed all of the Marlins' games through Sunday after the team's recent outbreak.
"It is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week," the league said in a statement.
The Marlins have remained in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend and have been undergoing daily testing. Sixteen players and two staffers have now tested positive.
No Phillies players or coaches have tested positive for the past two days, a source told ESPN, but an attendant for the visiting clubhouse did.
Postponements announced Tuesday were among a series of scheduling changes involving four other teams as a result of the fallout from the Marlins' positive tests. The Athletic was first to report this latest positive test.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the ESPN Daily podcast that he thinks MLB has "handled it well, to be honest with you, in that they've done virtually everything that you could do to try to get the main goal ... to protect the health and the welfare of the players and of the personnel associated with the team."
He added: "When I had discussion with some of the officials of different teams, as well as of MLB in general, we went over the different kinds of protocols that they would need ... the testing and the things. One of the things that came up as a big concern is what happens if a cluster of players get infected, and how are you going to handle that? Would that wind up not only shutting down the team? Would it then impact on other teams that would be playing? So it was a consideration.
"I think we're going to have to take it on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis."

The last sentence sums it up for now I guess.
Yep. Was one of those protocols that players shouldn't go out on the town? :unsure: :rolleyes: 😂
 

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a stadium full of people sitting around a baseball field with Citizens Bank Park in the background


Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Thursday that the weekend series between his club and the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed, according to Scott Mitchell of TSN.
The Phillies canceled all activity at Citizens Bank Park until further notice after one coach and one clubhouse attendee received positive results from Wednesday's COVID-19 testing, the team announced Thursday.
The team noted that no players tested positive.
Following a weekend series with the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies have yet to play a game after Major League Baseball altered its schedule due to the Marlins' outbreak.
Philadelphia's next series was originally moved to Saturday and was set to begin with a doubleheader at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.
 

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Friday's game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals is postponed due to two positive COVID-19 tests within the Cardinals organization, MLB announced Friday.

The teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader at Miller Park on Sunday instead.

Saturday's contests could depend on the results of tests for the rest of the Cardinals' players, a source told Mark Saxon of The Athletic.

The Brewers will work out at the ballpark, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He adds that the team hasn't had any contact with the Cards, who are getting tested again Friday.

The Cardinals, who have apparently been instructed to self-isolate, are remaining in their hotel rooms and have no plans to go to the ballpark, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

St. Louis was off Thursday but played the Minnesota Twins on the road Wednesday.

You see the wildfire that is COVID here. #STLCards have a positive form a test that was almost certainly taken in MInnesota. Cards were off yesterday, but #Twins played #Indians. What will this mean for their games?
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2020
The Cardinals are in the process of contact tracing to see where else the virus could've spread, according to Goold.

The Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Brewers, and Cards have now all had games postponed due to COVID-19. Philadelphia and Miami haven't played since Sunday after an outbreak hit the Marlins.

MLB postponements this week:
Phillies: 7 games
Marlins: 7 games
*Yankees: 4 games
*Orioles: 4 games
Blue Jays: 3 games
Nationals: 3 games
Cardinals: 1 game
Brewers: 1 game
(*Yankees and Orioles remained in action by playing two games vs. each other.)
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) July 31, 2020
 

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Friday's game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals is postponed due to two positive COVID-19 tests within the Cardinals organization, MLB announced Friday.

The teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader at Miller Park on Sunday instead.

Saturday's contests could depend on the results of tests for the rest of the Cardinals' players, a source told Mark Saxon of The Athletic.

The Brewers will work out at the ballpark, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He adds that the team hasn't had any contact with the Cards, who are getting tested again Friday.

The Cardinals, who have apparently been instructed to self-isolate, are remaining in their hotel rooms and have no plans to go to the ballpark, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

St. Louis was off Thursday but played the Minnesota Twins on the road Wednesday.



The Cardinals are in the process of contact tracing to see where else the virus could've spread, according to Goold.

The Washington Nationals, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Brewers, and Cards have now all had games postponed due to COVID-19. Philadelphia and Miami haven't played since Sunday after an outbreak hit the Marlins.
What are they doing?? I mean seriously...
 
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