Which team was it that the virus-plagued Miami Marlins last faced before their season had to be temporarily shut down? Ah, right, the Phillies.
That’s not to say that Miami can definitively be blamed for the infections Philadelphia is suddenly experiencing but they’re the prime suspect at the moment. Which is hugely demoralizing for baseball, as previous testing this week revealed that the Marlins were the only team with any cases. All 29 other squads had taken precautions sufficient to avoid COVID-19. That created a glimmer of hope that baseball didn’t have a coronavirus problem, Miami had a coronavirus problem. The season might be able to proceed to completion after all, with the scare created by the Marlins possibly benefiting the game in the long run by convincing players elsewhere not to take needless risks away from the park.
It’s not a Miami problem anymore, though.