Less than one week into the season, it looks like Major League Baseball may be canceled for the year as players test positive for the coronavirus and other players are balking at playing anymore.
“There’s real fear, there’s real anxiety for me, for all my teammates,” Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said Tuesday. “I think we’ve found it very difficult to focus on baseball at all the last couple of days.”
“It’s important that we are able to provide a source of entertainment and an outlet for people who are dealing with such a challenging time in their lives,” Braun continued. “But at the same time, the health and safety should be the top priority for all of us at all times.
“You think about all the hotel employees, bus drivers, pilots, flight attendants, anybody else all the Marlins guys might have come into contact with, and it’s obviously scary.”
On Monday 15 players of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the COVID 19 virus. As of now, their season has been put on hold until further testing can be done. The last team they played The Philadelphia Phillies have also had their season put on hold while they undergo testing.
This has caused several games to be rescheduled or canceled.
Former Vice President and current presumptive Presidential nominee also chimed in on the events surrounding baseball.
“It seems to me that when you have to travel, when you have to be in a hotel room and places that are different than you’ve been the day before, when you are in a position where you’re walking, going into an area where there is a high concentration of spread of COVID, all those things add up to a real problem,” Biden said, “and we’re not going to really overcome that until we follow science and get a vaccine.”
The Marlins planned to remain in Philadelphia until at least Wednesday. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health said it was working with the Marlins and Phillies on contact tracing to contain the spread of the virus.
“All of our players, coaches, and staff are, understandably, having a difficult time enduring this experience,” Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said.
Additional MLB rescheduling during the week of Aug. 3 will be announced later this week. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered up his state to any team needing a place to play.