MLB game Postponements: Cardinals-Tigers series postponed due to worsening St. Louis coronavirus outbreak

MLB game Postponements

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The St. Louis Cardinals will remain idle for the next few days due to a worsening coronavirus outbreak within the squad.

The Athletic’s Mark Saxon tweeted that the Cardinals are not traveling to play the Detroit Tigers after discovering additional positive virus cases.

MLB game Postponements

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MLB insider Jon Heyman also reported that at least 13 people in the St. Louis traveling party have tested positive over the past week.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal added that the Field of Dreams game between the Cardinals and Chicago White Sox scheduled for Aug. 13 is off.

MLB game Postponements: The Cardinals haven’t played since last Wednesday due to the virus outbreak.

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Heyman and others have reported some players broke MLB health and safety protocols and recently visited a casino. It’s unknown when the Cardinals will be permitted to return to action.

MLB game Postponements

The Miami Marlins experienced an outbreak within its traveling team after some players were allegedly “careless” following an exhibition game versus the Atlanta Braves.

Major League Baseball began its 2020 season in July, and the league is trying to navigate its way through a 60-game schedule amid a global pandemic. How MLB handles the coronavirus will be a storyline all season long, and the league has already seen two teams have outbreaks. The Marlins were sidelined for more than a week as 18 players tested positive, and the St. Louis Cardinals have not played since July 29 and have more than a dozen positive cases among their player and staff.

Multiple players have decided to sit out the 2020 season due to health concerns, including a lot of big names. Mets’ righty Marcus Stroman and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes have both opted out this month, as has Brewers star Lorenzo Cain.

Below we have a full list of those players who have decided to opt out of the season. The list currently stands at 21 players.

Here is an up-to-date list of MLB players who have made the decision not to participate in the 2020 season:

There are undoubtedly several, potential short- and long-term health and safety risks being taken by those involved in a 2020 season. Given that, MLB game Postponements and the MLBPA have agreed on COVID-19 guidelines which include the allowance of high-risk players or players with high-risk families to opt-out on the 2020 season.

In MLB’s plan, high-risk players who decide to opt-out would receive both their full salary and service time for the season. Players who have high-risk family members may also decide to opt-out, but MLB would leave it up to teams to make the decision of whether or not they would receive salary or service time. High-risk would include people who have heart disease, lung disease, cancer, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Coronavirus is commonly considered a respiratory illness, but many of those who have tested positive can experience a wide range of different symptoms, including possible effects on the heart.

Major League Baseball’s season is three weeks old, but the schedule has been changed multiple times due to coronavirus outbreaks on two teams. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals have both dealt with team-wide outbreaks. Miami was sidelined for more than a week before resuming play, while St. Louis has not been on the field since July 29.

The Cardinals outbreak grew last weekend, and it prevented the team from taking the field this week. However, the Cardinals are set to return to play on Saturday against the White Sox after having their Friday series opener postponed.

As of Thursday, 30 different MLB (MLB game Postponements) games impacting a total of 11 teams had been postponed due to COVID-19 cases. The Cardinals-Tigers doubleheader was scheduled after the St. Louis outbreak as an attempt to make up already-postponed games. Two games in the St. Louis-Detroit series have technically been postponed twice.

Here is the full list of postponed games and their original dates:

  • Marlins-Orioles four-game home-and-home series (July 27-30)
  • Yankees-Phillies four-game home-and-home series (July 27-30)
  • Marlins-Nationals three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
  • Phillies-Blue Jays three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
  • Brewers-Cardinals three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
  • Cardinals-Tigers four-game series (Aug. 3-6)
  • Cardinals-Cubs three-game series (Aug. 7-9)
  • Cardinals-Pirates three-game series (Aug. 10-12)
  • Cardinals-Tigers doubleheader (Aug. 13)
  • Cardinals-White Sox series opener (Aug. 14)

“The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the one facing the Marlins in mind,” MLB said in a statement. “The response outlined in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the cluster of positive cases, including contact tracing and the quarantining and testing of all of the identified close contacts. The Marlins’ personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care.”

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