baseball and coronavirus
August 3, 2020

The Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins received some encouraging coronavirus-related news Sunday and are likely return to the field soon, but things aren't going as well for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals have had 13 members of their clubhouse — seven players and six staff members — test positive for the coronavirus. The team had its its weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers postponed, and will no longer travel to Detroit for the next slate of games against the Tigers. That makes them, along with the Marlins, who have had 18 players test positive, and the Phillies, who paused play out of caution but do not appear to have an outbreak, the third team to miss at least a week of baseball games during the young season.

Despite the possibility of cancellation, MLB still isn't planning to pause the season overall, and teams like the Cardinals, Phillies, and Marlins, will seemingly do what they can to make up as many games as possible, even if they don't play a full 60-game season.

While the baseball situation is bleak for St. Louis, the players and staff are — more importantly — in good condition, exhibiting either "light" or no symptoms, general manager John Mozeliak said. Tim O'Donnell

July 28, 2020

Major League Baseball appears to have at least a temporary plan to handle the fallout from the Miami Marlins' coronavirus outbreak, which now includes 15 players and two coaches.

The Marlins' season will be put on hold at least through Sunday in an effort to regroup and bring in replacement players by early next week. Their previous opponent, the Philadelphia Phillies, will also take a few days off out of caution, and the Marlins' and Phillies' opponents, the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, will instead play each other Wednesday and Thursday after a bit of reshuffling.

It's a bit complicated but seems to make sense for now, especially since the unique season has a balanced schedule in which teams play only their divisional opponents and teams in the other league's correlating geographical division. That should make rescheduling easier, but the league also reportedly won't try to force every team to play all 60 games. Instead, if there's no way to make up games, winning percentage could determine playoff seeding.

The Marlins' situation is worrisome for reasons that go beyond baseball, but there are some encouraging signs from the rest of the league — MLB said Tuesday it has conducted more than 6,400 tests of on-field personnel since Friday and there have been no new positives among any of the other 29 clubs, including the Phillies. Cases could still show up in subsequent tests since the virus' lengthy incubation period means some people could be carrying it while testing negative, but — for the time being — the Marlins appear to be the only squad facing an outbreak. Tim O'Donnell

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