Premier League baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has denied that the season is in trouble, although more than a dozen Marlins players and staff have been tested for coronavirus, prompting the club to close in Philadelphia. Three games were postponed due to a flash in the Marlins locker room.
“I don’t consider it a nightmare,” Manfred told MLB Network on Monday night. “We have created protocols so that we can continue to play. That̵7;s why we have extended lists, that’s why we have a pool of additional players. And we think we can save people and keep playing. “
Manfred said that in the near future Marlins can resume their schedule – this is Wednesday, when they are going to play in Baltimore.
“I remain optimistic that the protocols are strong enough to allow us to continue playing even through such a flash and end our season,” Manfred said.
The Yankees and Phillies also moved on Monday after the Marlins played in Philadelphia over the weekend. As of Monday night, the teams planned to start their series on Tuesday.
Manfred was asked what should happen for the league to be closed. “A team that loses several players, making it completely uncompetitive, is something we need to address and think about to change,” he said. “Our first concern is the health of the players and their families. And making sure we do our best to minimize the spread of the virus among our employees. “
Word of several positive tests among players on the Marlins and Reds rocked many around the game.
“I’ll be honest with you: I’m scared,” said National Action Manager Dave Martinez.
Experts also expressed concern about the outbreak.
“It could be a threat,” said Dr. Anthony Foci, a leading infectious disease specialist, speaking at ABC’s Good Morning America. “I don’t believe they need to stop, but we just have to watch it and see what happens to other teams every day.”
Foki, who threw the first field at the opening of the season between the Nationals and the Yankees, said he was sorry to see the trouble the league is going through.
“Major League Baseball – players, owners, managers – have put a lot of effort into getting together and drawing up protocols that we think will work,” Fauci said. “It’s unfortunate what happened to Miami [Marlins]. “
Dr. Andrew Morris, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto, was even more cautious than Foki. “Baseball is going through a lot of problems,” he said. “It makes me wonder if they listen to the advice of experts or if their experts give them good advice. It was not a plan that someone who knew what they were talking about would come up with. He plays the way he should have played. “