Following a coronavirus outbreak that infected nearly half of Miami’s Marlins lists and led to a suspension of the team̵7;s season, Major League Baseball urges players not to leave several city hotels, except for games that require the use of surgical masks instead of tissue. masks during the trip and required each team to go along with a compliance officer to ensure players and staff properly follow the league protocol, sources told ESPN.
Sources said the updated rules, set out in a memorandum circulated to teams on Tuesday, revealed that MLB was investigating the cause of the Marlins outbreak. According to sources, the 16-player and two-employee test was positive for COVID-19. The Marlins Games were postponed on Sunday, and the possibility of resuming their season on Tuesday at home against Philadelphia remains questionable.
Commissioner Rob Manfred defended the league’s protocol in an interview with MLB Network on Monday and could further strengthen it in the coming weeks as the consequences of the Marlin outbreak become clear, especially given the scrupulousness of contact traceability. Wednesday’s league also postponed a game scheduled for Friday between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, the latter of which played the Marlins on Sunday until the extent of the outbreak was clear. The game is scheduled for Saturday, giving Philadelphia an extra day to assess whether the Marlins virus has been transmitted to any of its players, sources told ESPN.
Never in the 113-page protocol that governs 2020. For the season, there is no clear talk about how the league would manage the coronavirus outbreak, let alone the size of the Marlins. This offers neither a limit on cases of team closure nor a scenario that would pause during the season. Because of such a comprehensive and meticulous document as MLB’s operations guide, the apparent absence of the whole reason for its existence – a global pandemic – was a clear omission, several executives leading the season said.
It was also deliberate, for the sake of flexibility. Virlino’s infiltration into Marlini this week proved to be very helpful and finally helped the smallest number of baseball players to stomach without closing operations for a heart attack: 18 positive tests, including 16 players – 48% of those traveling with the team.
Ever since MLB undertook to hold its season not in a bubble but to send hundreds of people on the road every day, it was, if not inevitable, at least expected. And yet the number of Marlins staff with COVID-19 still shocked league officials, who hoped the outbreaks would halve. Because of all the rigor the MLB adhered to in enforcing its protocol, the virus beat it in one spot on the first weekend of the season.
The fallout is just beginning. The marinas are currently on the sidelines, the date of their return is not clear. They are currently evaluating how to fill out a list of players who are already being organized and training in their alternate location in Jupiter, Florida, for free agents and waiver claims. Sources say the Phillies, who played on Sunday when only four players were known to be COVID-19 positive, are simply expecting their daily tests to remain negative as they have been for two days in a row. The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, who were due to play for the Marlins and Phillies respectively, kicked off a two-game series on Wednesday. This is pandemic baseball: A schedule is a schedule before it is available.
In the short term, more important is how baseball adapts after the first outbreak. Manfred stood behind protocol on Monday and as clearly as Tuesday’s league stressed that no positive COVID-19 cases have been found among the other 29 league teams in the last four days, here’s the truth: The rules had to protect players and protect them couldn’t prevent an impressive outbreak.
According to the sources, many factors are investigated, starting with the team’s behavior in the stadium – wearing a mask, social isolation and other factors offered by the protocol – the activities of players and staff on the field. The league will especially check the authenticity of the players who travel from the Atlantic to Marlin’s time in the city at night, before the season’s match against the Braves. No matter what the actions of the Marlins organization were, the protocol could have been tested without adhering to it, Sunday happened in a way that revealed gaps that needed more attention.
After positive tests by starter Jose Ureña, first basketball player Garrett Cooper and right-back striker Harold Ramirez, the protocol called for tracing of contact – a look at other players or staff at the “close contact” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: a copy of the protocol minutes to be 6 feet away from the person.
Only one player, according to sources, fell into this category after the contacts were established: starter Sandy Alcantara, who was reported by MLB Network to be one of those who were later found to have a positive result. The view that only one player from the 33-a-side team would be subject to a close contact protocol – quarantine, pending the results of a rapid coronavirus test – shocked officials from other teams as unlikely. All 30 MLB teams must train at least one trained contact track, and the contact search operation is overseen by the league.
After Sunday’s game, the marlins were robbed of the news that the tests showed nine additional things – seven players and two coaches. Tests on Tuesday showed four more positive results in Marlins, and they were informed about it next Wednesday. Including catcher Jorge Alfaro, whose Friday test was positive in Atlanta, there were 18 cases of marlins that prompted Manfred to suspend his season on Tuesday, given questions about how the outbreak was overcome.
It is likely that some elements of the protocol will not change, including testing. Currently, field staff, including players, are checked every other day with a saliva sample. The sample is sent to the MLB Utah Laboratory, where it is usually processed within 36 hours. In the event of an outbreak, the test delay can be problematic. Sources said this is unlikely to be resolved through faster testing. Sensitivity – or how often a laboratory test gives a positive result that accurately reflects the presence of the virus – is greater in the saliva test than the surveillance point.
Major changes to the MLB protocol could be imminent. The parties have argued that now that the league has postponed games, it is a precedent to stop the game at the first signs of an outbreak. According to one official, if it becomes clear that a cluster may form, the league may stop playing for one team to better understand what the virus is penetrating. According to the CDC, the incubation period for the virus, which lasts up to 14 days, remains that even stopping the game may be too late for the virus to spread to the clubhouse.
Compliance with the baseball protocol was disputed, in particular, as to whether all its elements were relevant. Players spent the first week of the game spitting, accurately spying, sneezing and, Tuesday, in cases of restraint of the Astros-Dodgers fight, despite social isolation – and at least so far left without a coronavirus.
The first extension of the memo protocol still tightens them up. While the league will not be required to perform quarantine on the road, players and team members will be severely discouraged from even going into common hotel areas. On the buses, the compliance officer will take care of the seating tables – and in some cases it will be easier for individual groups of friends to follow the 6-foot rule, which the league considers sacred along with all the surgical masks. . A person who qualifies for a rare first-level certificate awarded to key employees such as players, managers, coaches and training staff will report and monitor hotels.
Marlins will be the first test of a person’s compliance. The team stays in Philadelphia, where they have been since Friday and could stay in the near future. The next Marlins series is currently scheduled to launch on Tuesday in Miami against the Phillies. If, instead, the Merlins play that series in Philadelphia, they could go to New York to meet the Mets, then take a bus to Buffalo, New York, where the Blue Jays plan to play their home games this season. In that case, the marlins will not return home until the Aug. 14 series against Atlanta, even though Miami-Dade County currently requires 14 days of quarantine for people coming to the city from New York, making matters even more difficult.
Miami could make up three premiered games with Washington this weekend, planning two double heads during upcoming series and playing them together on Sept. 17. How to make up for four lost matches with Interimgague opponent Baltimore can prove tricky, making it likely that the Marlins won’t play the full 60-game schedule.
Saturday’s Philadelphia duel with Toronto illustrates a baseball maneuver in flight. MLB could deliver seventy-inch double heads this weekend, The Athletic reported for the first time. During the season, when the playoffs expand from 10 to 16 teams, the runner starts in the second base with extra goals and the Blue Jays play their home games in the US, the seventy-centimeter doubles should match the weird, unpredictable – and most importantly – fragile – 2020. a season that is moving forward nonetheless.