Updated at 10:41 a.m.
Well I hope you all enjoyed the first weekend of the 2020 MLB season, because it looks like it's downhill from here. The Miami Marlins' home opener against the Baltimore Orioles tonight has been cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak in the Marlins' clubhouse.
Reports came out yesterday that four Marlins players had tested positive. Now this morning before the team was able to travel back to Miami, multiple reports came out that as many as 14 players and coaches had tested positive.
Where do we go from here?
No one is quite sure. Is the whole series cancelled or just tonight's game? Will they make up the series or is it just cancelled altogether?
The league also has to think about how far this could go. The Marlins just finished up a series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The New York Yankees are supposed to start a series there tonight. Should they Yankees skip out on that series out of cautiousness and not wanting to be in the same clubhouse the Marlins just spent the weekend in?
According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, that's exactly what they'll do as he is reporting that tonight's game between the Yankees and Phillies has now been cancelled.
Everyone knew that some kind of outbreak was bound to happen at some point, but this early in the season was unexpected. MLB was extremely ambitious in trying to play its season at home ballparks and with travel. The NHL and NBA have adopted hub cities and bubble approaches, something that the MLB should have considered a little more seriously before going ahead with the 2020 season.
We'll have to wait and see what happens next, but it's not looking promising for MLB.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.