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Sunday, August 02, 2020

Cardinals’ coronavirus outbreak grows with four more positives, further imperiling MLB season

Major League Baseball’s hopes of salvaging its 2020 season amid a pandemic took another ominous turn Saturday, when the St. Louis Cardinals received word of additional positive tests for coronavirus, requiring the postponement of a second Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee and deepening the level of pessimism around the sport that the season can go on.
The Cardinals, who reported two positive tests Friday, reportedly saw another four positives on Saturday, one of which was a player. For the second straight day, that night’s Cardinals-Brewers game was called off — the 16th game of this MLB season to be postponed — though at this point, a scheduled doubleheader for Sunday is still on.
The Cardinals’ outbreak is one of two that have arisen in the past week, casting doubt on the sport’s ability to contain the virus and safely navigate a 60-game regular season. The Miami Marlins have seen 18 players and two coaches test positive in the past week, putting their season on hiatus until at least Monday. News of the Cardinals’ latest positive tests was first reported Saturday by former big league third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who is now the co-host of a podcast.
Both outbreaks occurred during road trips, with the Cardinals’ believed to have originated in Minneapolis, where they played against the Minnesota Twins before continuing on to Milwaukee. The Cardinals are likely to remain in self-isolation at their Milwaukee hotel, where they are undergoing daily coronavirus testing and contact tracing.

majorflaw Posted: August 02, 2020 at 07:55 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. phredbird Posted: August 02, 2020 at 04:17 PM (#5967552)

are they going to have to drag this season out behind the barn and shoot it in the head?

jeez.
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 02, 2020 at 07:09 PM (#5967581)
If the Marlins don't play another game, their .667 is a lock for the postseason
   3. Astroenteritis Posted: August 02, 2020 at 09:30 PM (#5967596)
It's the zombie baseball season.
   4. The Duke Posted: August 02, 2020 at 09:42 PM (#5967597)
.... and now more. Ugh
   5. Jay Z Posted: August 02, 2020 at 11:08 PM (#5967603)
.... and now more. Ugh


More clickbait!
   6. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: August 03, 2020 at 02:43 PM (#5967690)
Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

At least a couple Cardinals did go to a Casino, as @TheRealJHair 1st suggested. MLB has since tightened its rule on leaving the team hotel from very strongly discouraged to not allowed. Cards Covid count going into today: 3 players, 4 staff


Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

No announcement yet from MLB on Cardinals’ COVID-19 test results, but Tigers were told tomorrow night’s scheduled game at Comerica Park is “highly unlikely” to be played, a source tells The Athletic. Teams also scheduled for doubleheader Wednesday and afternoon game Thursday.


Nothing has been said for games later in the week either, but I did find this quote interesting from Jon Lester (Cubs are currently scheduled to go to StL this weekend):
"We can only really control what goes on here. We’ve got two here against KC and two there against KC. I guess we’ll kind of figure it out as we go through the weekend on what we’re doing. I would imagine that we’re probably not playing those games this weekend, but I can’t fully speak to that. That’s just my opinion. Maybe there’s a way where we flip the schedule around and we’re playing somebody else. I think guys right now just want to keep playing."
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 03, 2020 at 03:02 PM (#5967700)
At least a couple Cardinals did go to a Casino,
Oh, FFS.
   8. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 03, 2020 at 03:18 PM (#5967703)
At least a couple Cardinals did go to a Casino,
Possibly the local St. Louis Area Draft Kings Casino. Some ‘partnership’ with MLB. Can you bet on a game being canceled?

   9. phredbird Posted: August 03, 2020 at 04:38 PM (#5967713)

mlb.com has the cards/tigers series postponed

:(

   10. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: August 03, 2020 at 04:38 PM (#5967714)
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

The St. Louis Cardinals have 13 people in the organization who have tested positive for COVID-19, a source confirms to ESPN. Seven of them are Cardinals players. First with the details: @markasaxon .

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

Here’s the official postponement of the Cardinals-Tigers series. With the outbreak of 13 cases of COVID-19 in the Cardinals organization, it was inevitable. Between this and the @Ken_Rosenthal report that the Field of Dreams game has been canceled, a rough day for the Cardinals.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 03, 2020 at 05:13 PM (#5967727)
It will be interesting to see if there is any fallout from teammates - I, for one, would be *massively* pissed off if a couple of idiot co-workers went to a casino and thus exposed me to COVID as well as likely costing me a bunch of money in missed games and perhaps a cancelled season. I'm sure teams will try to keep it out of the media, but man.
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: August 03, 2020 at 05:39 PM (#5967732)
casinos in the Northeast, at least, are a lot safer than your local Walmart - by plenty.

mandatory temperature check on every visitor. maximum capacity is 25 pct. no smoking, no alcohol, no dining beyond a snack or soft drink.

plexiglass separates all players from each other and the dealer in table games.

half the slot machines are shuttered, often with the seats removed, too, so no one can be closer than 6 feet apart.

security watches for mask slippage like hawks - if your mask drops below your nose for a moment, you'll hear about it.
   13. JJ1986 Posted: August 03, 2020 at 05:45 PM (#5967735)
I hope no one is hanging out in Walmarts for hours, though.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: August 03, 2020 at 05:51 PM (#5967738)
given the limitations, how many people would stay at those casinos for hours?
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 03, 2020 at 06:13 PM (#5967742)
given the limitations, how many people would stay at those casinos for hours?
People for whom the actual gambling is the main appeal of the casino, rather than the (literal and figurative) bells and whistles? I would imagine that there are a fair number of those people.
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 03, 2020 at 06:15 PM (#5967743)
But anyway, if you think casinos are safe, just replace "casino" with "club" in post 11.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: August 03, 2020 at 06:54 PM (#5967751)
there are no "clubs" open in our region at all.

closest thing is outdoor dining, which can include alcohol but must include food as well.
   18. Zonk is UP-playing! Posted: August 03, 2020 at 06:55 PM (#5967752)
MLB should offer some kind of compensation or title to the team that lasts as long as viably possible...

The Cubs all seem to be saying the right things and the socially distant walk-off celebration yesterday was nice.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 03, 2020 at 07:14 PM (#5967761)
there are no "clubs" open in our region at all.

closest thing is outdoor dining, which can include alcohol but must include food as well.
What does that have to do with it? Some Marlins players are rumored to have gone to a club in Atlanta.
   20. phredbird Posted: August 03, 2020 at 11:10 PM (#5967808)

It will be interesting to see if there is any fallout from teammates - I, for one, would be *massively* pissed off if a couple of idiot co-workers went to a casino and thus exposed me to COVID as well as likely costing me a bunch of money in missed games and perhaps a cancelled season. I'm sure teams will try to keep it out of the media, but man.


they should have their chips taken away.

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