In a situation this fraught with peril and full of so many unknowns, I just cannot pretend to predict the implications of news like this.
Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak involving the Marlins and impacting other teams:
The Philadelphia Phillies have canceled workouts today after a coach and clubhouse attendant tested positive for coronavirus. Activities are shut down “until further notice,” according to the team.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2020
Phillies announce that two staff members tested positive from yesterday’s tests, though no players have.
One is a member of the coaching staff and one is a member of the home clubhouse staff. All activity at Citizens Bank Park has been cancelled today and until further notice.
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) July 30, 2020
You’ll recall that the Marlins were mid-outbreak when they spent last weekend in Philadelphia playing the Phillies. You’ll also recall that the incubation period for the virus can be upwards of a week or more. You’ll also recall that Marlins players and personnel have been testing positive throughout the past week. You’ll also recall that the biggest concern about that outbreak is that it could have spread to another organization before they were quarantining.
Beyond that, I just can’t say much. Do we know if this dot connects to that dot? Is this just a coincidence? Is this going to shut the Phillies down for longer (they were supposed to resume play this weekend, and no players have yet tested positive)?
No answers. Just background info and huge questions. Effing mess this whole thing continues to be.
UPDATE: More postponements:
Montoyo said the #BlueJays plan is to stay put in Washington, hope they can work out at Nationals Park if Nationals allow for it. The Nats are also off this weekend after their series vs. Marlins were postponed
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) July 30, 2020
So, could the Blue Jays and Nationals just play each other this weekend because what the f*** at this point?