Yesterday, four players for the Miami Marlins, pitcher Jose Urena, catcher Jorge Alfaro, infielder Garrett Cooper, and outfielder Harold Ramirez, tested positive for COVID-19. Today, at least seven more players and two coaches with the Marlins have also been diagnosed. As a result, the Marlins’ traveling party is quarantining in Philadelphia where they wrapped up their opening series yesterday. Due to this recent outbreak, two games have been postponed with the potential for more to come. The Marlins were set to host the Baltimore Orioles in their home opener tonight and the Phillies, the Marlins’ most recent opponent, were slated to take on the New York Yankees. While several high-profile players have tested positive for COVID-19, this is the first major virus-related disruption to the league since its delayed start last Thursday.
Blake is a writer focused on non-profits and trade industries. He has told the stories of countless peacebuilders while covering international development with the nonprofit Search for Common Ground. He is a graduate of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.