The problem the team faces is not necessarily that the transfer takes place on the field, but rather when the baseball players travel together, said CNN Sports contributor Bob Costas.
“Teams that have opposed the Marlins and Cardinals have not had positive effects among their players because of that exposure,”
“Baseball got the finger that if everyone followed the protocols, the nature of the sport did not mean so much contact, that they might be able to get through the shortened season,” said Costas.
Miami Marlin’s CEO Jeter offers an explanation
“We have been given an opportunity to press the reset button, and as we move forward, we just can not make any mistakes,” Jeter said.
He attributed the cases between his team and staff to a “false sense of security”, saying he hoped the outbreak would serve as a wake-up call.
“We have seen first and foremost how contagious this virus is. After we left the spring training, we had many discussions,” said Jeter. “Part of our traveling party had a false sense of security and comfort in how they handled themselves when we left Miami.”
But Jeter also defended his team against rumors that players had acted irresponsibly while in Atlanta.
“There were no other guests at the venue. There was no rare activity. There was nothing to hang out in bars, no clubs, no running around Atlanta.
“What boiled down to this particular trip were guys who were around each other, they became relaxed and they released their guard. They gathered in groups, they did not wear masks as much as they should have, they were not social distance,” he said.
St. The Louis Cardinals postpone the game
The team will remain in Milwaukee and will continue to be tested daily. They have postponed their scheduled game for the rest of the week and MLB is tentatively planning for the Cardinals to resume their season on August 7 against the Chicago Cubs.
The Philadelphia Phillies return to the field
All activities at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia are suspended for the time being and the team took a week off after the Marlins outbreak was announced.
The Phillies returned to the field in New York to face the Yankees Monday after their games against the Toronto Blue Jays were postponed.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi said he has been in touch with his players while they are on the road playing the Yankees and encourages them to continue taking precautions against the virus.
“We told the guys to stay at the hotel as much as you can,” Girardi said, adding that the team will provide food and treatment for players at the hotel.