As soon as the first set of games broke, MLB was hampered with some unfortunate news. A total of 17 Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies to cancel their game as well as the Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles. This has put a major question out in the open: should there even be a baseball season in 2020?
For MLB, this is just affecting the Miami Marlins, who are playing in a state that has experienced a spike in coronavirus cases and deaths. There were no Philadelphia Phillies that tested positive after the Marlins series, after all. Perhaps MLB could have Miami play in a temporary home the way the Toronto Blue Jays are right now. After all, there are no fans to worry about.
Rob Manfred also has the game's reputation to worry about. It's already jeopardized by the preseason fighting between the owners and the MLBPA and is being questioned further over the haphazard setup. Why would Manfred cancel the season if there is a strong possibility of there being no baseball in 2021 or 2022?
Still, this happened just as the season started. Who knows how many more cases will pop up as the season progresses? There are also other teams that play in high risk states, i.e. the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Players from these teams could become infected or even infect others. As mentioned, baseball's reputation is being hurt further as the NHL and NBA are preparing their restarts without a hitch.
For me, I wouldn't mind if MLB cancelled the season. There's simply too much at stake to even consider moving forward. Take the time off to try and negotiate a new CBA and save baseball for the future. I wouldn't mind if baseball went down this route.
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