On the same day that a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins led to the cancellation of a pair of games, MLB owners reportedly elected to continue with the scheduled 60-game season held amid the ongoing pandemic.
Scott Miller of Turner Sports tweeted the news and added that MLB officials will remind clubs of health and safety protocols for a campaign unlike any other.
Commish Office will redouble health directives, e.g. players must wear masks in clubhouses, & reinforce on-field behavior prohibitions against high-fiving, spitting.— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) July 27, 2020
Last week, MLB warned teams after players and coaching staffs offered high fives and fist bumps during exhibition games. Such contact is prohibited this year.
Miami's Monday home opener versus the Baltimore Orioles was postponed after over a dozen members of the Marlins tested positive for the virus. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the Orioles are flying back to Baltimore.
The Baltimore Orioles are returning home from Miami tonight, sources tell ESPN, ensuring Tuesday's game won't be played at Marlins Park, either.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2020
At some point, the healthy Marlins are expected to travel to Baltimore, where they were scheduled to play Wednesday and Thursday.
Meanwhile, Monday's contest between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies was also postponed. The Phillies hosted the Marlins over the weekend.