The big story of the day Monday was the outbreak of COVID-19 cases on the Marlins, causing two MLB games to be postponed. With Ken Rosenthal doing a huge chunk of the reporting, several articles on the subject will be from The Athletic ($$).
First, he questions why the Marlins played baseball on Sunday, and that was before additional players tested positive. Now, basically half the roster has tested positive for COVID-19, and the probability that it is just the result of a few false positives is extremely miniscule. Manager Don Mattingly apparently discussed the situation with his team, and they chose to play via a group text message discussion. As was spoofed multiple times Monday, that might not have been the smartest decision.
After the postponement of the Marlins/Orioles and Phillies/Yankees, Rosenthal goes on to ask about the procedure from here. If a whole slew of players going down isn’t enough to cancel the season, what will? Multiple teams? A death? Contemplating these things might not be pretty, but we have to know. Meanwhile, the Phillies, including Didi Gregorius, who is high-risk, are contemplating things, and it’s really sobering to hear their words.
Dave Martinez levels with the media and says he’s scared, while David Price tweets that this is exactly why he opted out–he doesn’t trust the commissioner to have everyone’s interests at heart.
Meanwhile, Rob Manfred goes and refuses to call the situation “a nightmare.” Every time it seems there isn’t a spot lower for Manfred on the ladder, he manages to declimb another rung. He’s clearly not ready for the situation, as Emma Baccellieri points out.
The Angels lose. Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton, and Albert Pujols look lost at the plate. Mike Trout seems to want to uppercut everything again. David Fletcher is good.
Anthony Rendon may be back tonight, but most likely he will make his Angel debut on Wednesday. It seems the 16-team playoff format will give us fans hope all season (if it lasts), no matter how many games the team loses.
Despite all of that, and despite the fact that the Angels appear (not that great) so far, MLB has no plans to cancel the season. It seems we can just do nothing but watch David Fletcher’s ascendancy into the best player in baseball.