Shortly after the Opening Weekend matchup featuring the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals series concluded, the Bronx Bombers traveled and were scheduled to take on the Phillies in Philadelphia. Heading into a first full-week of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, everything was looking according to plan. As for 2020 though, anything can happen.
On Monday morning, the baseball world was it with groundbreaking news:
Eight more players and two coaches with the Miami Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19, as an outbreak has spread throughout their clubhouse and brought the total of cases in recent days to at least 14, sources familiar with the situation tell me and @JesseRogersESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2020
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that at least 14 Miami Marlins staff and players combined have tested positive for COVID-19. Many baseball fans immediately began to ask if this could cancel the 2020 season. Luckily, these positive tests results will not damage the season in the long term. Commissioner Rob Manfred has moved around a few scheduled games to the best of his ability to ensure safety in all the players but nonetheless, minimal damage was issued.
You may be thinking, how does this impact the Yankees-Phillies series?
Well, to begin the 2020 season, The Marlins squared off with the Phillies in Philadelphia. The Yankees were scheduled to face the Phillies in their home ballpark on Monday night. Because of this news, the Yankees-Phillies series has been postponed to a later date.
New York will take on the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore this Wednesday and Thursday.
It’s official: the #Yankees are now scheduled to play the Orioles Wednesday and Thursday in Baltimore.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 28, 2020
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