Some Cardinals Players Reportedly Visited Casino, MLB Now Barring Players from Leaving Team Hotels (UPDATE)

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Some Cardinals Players Reportedly Visited Casino, MLB Now Barring Players from Leaving Team Hotels (UPDATE)

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We’re still waiting to get word on just how many COVID-19 cases are tied to the St. Louis Cardinals outbreak, but we’ve already talked about how unlikely it is that the Cubs and Cardinals actually wind up squaring off in St. Louis this weekend.

To that end, even without the next wave of positive results officially in, the additional postponements are coming:

I think the moment there were cases beyond the initial two detected on Wednesday night, you were going to have to spend at least a week with players and personnel isolated, and testing-testing-testing. So with the league now knowing there are likely additional positives from this weekend, playing a game on Tuesday is just gonna be a no go. That whole series against the Tigers seems impossible to me.

Hopefully the number of additional cases identified this weekend is not more than the 5 to 8 reports have suggested are possible. And then, of course, hopefully that’s the end of the positive tests. Hope is all we have at this point.

Meanwhile, like they did with the Marlins outbreak, MLB is going to seek to understand how this happened, and use that information to adjust the health and safety protocols on the fly. To that end, it seems like more strict rules – not mere suggestions – are coming for players on the road:

So, no much fun times when you’re on the road at a hotel. Just stay at the hotel, go to the ballpark, repeat (it’s what the Cubs were already doing). I get that it kinda sucks to have that existence, but it’s also only a couple months, and it’s part of the job right now.

As for the other part of that tweet …

As with the Marlins, where there were certain rumors and reports about extracurricular player behavior that *COULD* have led to infections, I want to be careful not to go hog wild on ripping players for those kinds of reports. For one thing, it might not be true. For another thing, we don’t know *exactly* how safe or unsafe the locations were. For still another thing, we don’t know if the activities were *actually* the source of the infection. And for a final thing, I just want to be sensitive to the fact that the virus is the primary bad guy here, not humans doing normal things that are, in this particular moment, pretty stupid.

That said, if the report is accurate, and if that foray into one of the worst environments for COVID spread that I can think of did in fact cause this outbreak? I am pissed. And I’d be really pissed if I were in that organization and I was honoring the rules. And I’d be really pissed if I were any other player or coach or staff member on any other MLB team. Heck, even if this wasn’t the cause of the outbreak, I’d be really pissed, because it’s needlessly risky behavior that imperils THE WHOLE LEAGUE.

Also, this just came out:

UPDATE: The Cardinals’ President isn’t saying he knows for sure that this didn’t happen, but he also doesn’t know for sure that it did:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.