Now that 11 Marlins players and 2 coaches have tested positive for the Coronavirus while they were using the visitor’s facilities to play the Phillies — and the Yankees-Phillies game for tonight has been canceled — I worry that this incident will put the season in jeopardy. Players may decide it’s not worth risking their health. Owners may decide not to assume liability for players and other personnel who get sick. And MLB may decide the whole gambit won’t work.
I loved seeing the Yankees play again. It didn’t bother me at all that there weren’t crowds in the stands, and I thought that FOX, in particular, did a great job syncing up the crowd noise. But now reality has hit me. I live in Florida, a major hotspot for the virus, so I’m very careful to follow protocols and guidelines and not take any chances with my health. Baseball was supposed to be a wonderful escape from an otherwise dreary summer. I really hope the powers that be can find a way to test more and better and keep the players safe, and that the season will resume.
We need baseball. More than ever.