The fallout of the Miami Marlins COVID-19 outbreak continues as a majority of Washington Nationals players have voted not to travel to Miami for this weekend's series against the Marlins. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the news this afternoon.
While the Nationals' players have decided not to travel, Major League Baseball will end up making the decision on whether or not the games are played in Miami.
The league's health protocols for this season do not allow players or teams to make those decisions individually, although if the players are unwilling to travel, it's unclear how that situation would play out.
Over the past two days, it's become increasingly clear that the health protocols that MLB adopted for this season are inadequate. There is no threshold for how many players must test positive before the season is cancelled. That decision rests solely with commissioner Rob Manfred.
The Marlins are reportedly up to 17 positive tests now, which has resulted in the postponement of their games against the Baltimore Orioles yesterday and today. The Philadelphia Phillies have also postponed their games against the New York Yankees yesterday and today, out of an abundance of caution after the Marlins spent the weekend in Philadelphia.
On an optimistic note, the Phillies have not recorded any positive tests since their series against the Marlins. A Phillies' visiting clubhouse attendant did test positive, but it was from a prior round of testing.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.