Miami Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Jeter: Some Marlins had 'false sense of security' before coronavirus outbreak

A coronavirus outbreak that has caused nearly two dozen members of the Miami Marlins to test positive for the virus and left the club idle since July 26 may have been preventable.

Last week, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that an undisclosed number of Miami players were "careless" regarding MLB health and safety protocols following an exhibition game versus the Atlanta Braves. According to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez, Miami part-owner and CEO Derek Jeter defended his players on Monday afternoon but also admitted some "had a false sense of security and comfort" before the outbreak.

Per Nightengale, Jeter added that teams around the league should view Miami's situation as a warning for what could happen if personnel don't follow the guidelines on and off the field.

As of Monday afternoon, the Marlins are scheduled to begin a series versus the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. 

Reports surfaced on Monday that at least a couple of St. Louis Cardinals players visited a casino before the club's season was put on hold after over a dozen people associated with the team tested positive for the virus. The Cardinals haven't played since last Wednesday and may not face an opponent until this Friday at the earliest. 

While the NBA and NHL isolated teams inside bubble sites, MLB and the MLB Players Association are trusting that everyone involved with completing games will be on their best behavior as they travel around the country to compete at in-market ballparks. Both the Marlins and Cardinals offer proof of how quickly things can spiral out of control if players and coaches don't respect how rapidly COVID-19 can spread within a group. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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