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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Majority of Nationals players vote against traveling to Miami for upcoming series vs. Marlins, report says

Less than one week into the 2020 season, MLB has a full blown COVID-19 crisis on its hands. As many as 18 members of the Miami Marlins, including 15 players, have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. The outbreak forced games to be postponed in Miami and Philadelphia, where the Marlins played this past weekend.

Following the Marlins outbreak, the “vast majority” of Washington Nationals players voted against traveling to Miami for a three-game series this upcoming weekend, reports The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The report comes one day after Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters “I’m scared. I really am.” Martinez missed time last season with a heart condition.

Washington’s player vote is another indication the personnel on the field are not confident (or are at least less confident) in the health and safety protocols in the wake of the Marlins outbreak. Martinez admitted he is scared and David Price said he opted out because he did not believe the player’s “health wasn’t been put first.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2020 at 01:26 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: July 28, 2020 at 01:51 PM (#5966405)
David Price is absolutely right: neither MLB nor MLBPA put player health first, because they were being snippy about the length of the season (I was VERY clear months ago that I though that MLBPA's proposed number of games was absolutely insane, though MLB was clearly very shystery as to its approach, and by running out the clock, it gave itself very little wiggle room should it need to suspend the season like they SHOULD be doing right now).

In any case, MLB should be very proactive right now, and waive the 40-man roster limitation for the Marlins (so as to not push them into crazy decisions of who they bring in or have to cut once the players infected with COVID-19 are available again) AND should make a grant to the Marlins so they can sign players to fill-out the roster.
   2. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 28, 2020 at 02:06 PM (#5966411)
I don't think it's a matter of cutting or waiving so much as starting the clock on 14 or more players who are control and can be sent down. I don't see how you can bring people up and not have it start their clock.
I'm also not sure who wants to enter the clubhouse knowing that among the remaining players are likely to be some who are a/presymptomatic.
   3. JRVJ Posted: July 28, 2020 at 02:49 PM (#5966427)
Your honor,

My understanding is that as soon as a player is out for COVID-19 reasons, his 40-man slot becomes available. Thus, if the Marlins lose 15 players to COVID-19, that's 15 40-man slots that just opened up for the Marlins to add players (be it from the taxi squad or FAs which they pick up).

The problem is that once those original 15 players start coming back, they each reclaim a 40-man roster spot. That's what puts a team like the Marlins in such a quandary: to field a competitive team, they may have to add players to their 40 man roster which they would have to DFA in order to keep once the original 15 start coming back.

That's not that big an issue if you have to fill-up your team with absolute dreck, but it is a problem if you have to add actual, genuine prospects to the 40-man roster.

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