“I’m going to be honest with you: I’m scared.”

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez on a sudden outbreak of COVID-19 for the Florida Marlins, rendering the team unable to play.

  • Martinez talked the health of his team scheduled to play the Florida Marlins this weekend; more than a dozen Marlin players/staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Some have hypothesized the Marlins team could have been exposed in Atlanta where two catchers later tested positive for COVID after exhibition games.
  • Other games for other teams delayed due to COVID-19 testing.
  • Major League Baseball says they have set up proper procedures to protect players and keep roosters full. However, if a team cannot play due to infection, they will have to reassess potentially the entire season.
  • Why It Matters: MLB just started an abbreviated season with an adjusted schedule due to the pandemic. A real question remains about the sustainability of the season, in light of these outbreaks, and whether or not baseball, a sport without prolonged close contact, serves as a model for other athletics, like football.

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