Major League Baseball investigation says Marlins players went out, visited bars before coronavirus outbreak

Tanya Simon
August 1, 2020

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred delivered the stern message to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark after Friday's game between the St Louis Cardinals and host Milwaukee Brewers became the latest to be postponed after two visiting players tested positive for coronavirus.

At least 18 Miami players and two coaches have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, leading to game postponements around the league. The teams had hoped to resume play Saturday and make up Friday's game as part of a doubleheader Sunday. Though it was reportedly not delivered as an ultimatum, the commissioner warned that further outbreaks could force the league to shut down the 2020 season.

Díaz consistently tested negative while the season was on hold, but he chose to become the first Miami player to opt out.

Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo took issue with Major League Baseball's rain-delay protocol in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic as his game Thursday night was postponed due to bad weather.

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According to the ESPN report, players who were briefed on the call fear the season could be shut down as soon as Monday if there are more positive tests and players continue to flaunt safety protocols. The Marlins haven't played a game since Sunday and won't play again until August 4 at the earliest. Two St. Louis Cardinals players were then said to have tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The silver lining to this ticking time bomb is that only eight of 11,895 total tests this past week came back positive for organizations other than the Marlins, with only two of those being players. With the Marlins players still quarantined and not playing, numbers can not go up.

"Some things aren't looking too good right now, but we have to play up to that point". Cleveland players and staff talked about postponing Friday night's game at Minnesota.

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