Talk about a developing situation.
The latest report from Sportsgrid’s Craig Mish, who, I believe, was the first to break the news of the Marlins’ positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday morning now says the team’s season is on pause.
The Miami Marlins 2020 season at least temporarily, has been paused. This will allow the team to continue to monitor health and safety of players.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 28, 2020
How long will the pause last? That has yet to be fully determined. However, Bob Nightengale speculates (guestimates?) a week:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 28, 2020
Meanwhile, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports the Yankees, who remain in Philadelphia, may not be heading back to New York where they are are scheduled to play the Phillies tomorrow night.
Yankees were scheduled to go from Philly to New York around this time, but were told to stay put and not check out of their hotel. @Ken_Rosenthal reported one possibility is Yankees going to Baltimore for games Weds and Thurs.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) July 28, 2020
Quite literally, the Yankees’ busses are parked, ready to go, and waiting for a destination.
The Yankees buses are in a holding pattern in Philadelphia, waiting to see if the team is headed to New York for their home opener tomorrow at Yankee Stadium or whether they will travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles. https://t.co/0R3PeEgAsG pic.twitter.com/XkR1xrSIH5
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) July 28, 2020
Certainly, this would seem to indicate there exists at least some thought to shutting down the Phillies for a few more days. The Phillies are schedule to play the Blue Jays, as the visiting team, at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. Remember, the Blue Jays are temporarily without a home as their new stadium in Buffalo is brought up the MLB standards.
Update: The Inquirer’s Bob Brookover says it’s a done deal.
Phillies-Yankees postponed in New York, too. Phils will resume as road team at home against Toronto Friday night.
— Bob Brookover (@brookob) July 28, 2020
For now, It looks like the Marlins’ shutdown will be the longer of the two temporary pauses, presuming the Phils again produce another round of negative results today. Though, at this point, it’s probably best not to get too far ahead of ourselves.
While sitting out multiple days would make it difficult for either team to complete the full schedule, there’s a growing sense that getting in all 60 games may not be necessary (or even possible). Phils manager Joe Girardi, for one, doesn’t think it is.
"If everyone doesn't play 60 games, I think that's all right." https://t.co/X1WFpFB6Wy
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 28, 2020
I can unequivocally tell you that more news is coming, so stay tuned.