Before COVID-19 hit the United States as hard as it did, there was only one sure thing about the 2020 season of Major League Baseball: The Astros would be the most hated team in all the land.
That’s because that little ol’ team out of Texas got caught cheating…and badly. The organization was using a sophisticated scheme to steal signs from other teams and relay it to their batters while they were standing at the plate. When the news broke, the world braced for the inevitable plunking of Astros’ players on the regular.
But, now that coronavirus has hit, the Astros’ cheating scandal is an all but forgotten memory. Fans today are just lucky that we might get a 60 game season, sans fans, when this is all said and done.
THE Miami Marlins home opener was canceled on Monday after nearly half of the team’s roster tested positive for the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 outbreak, which has since affected 12 of the team’s players and two coaches, may also affect the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees.
What’s worse is that the Marlins’ staff knew fully well of the team outbreak and chose to play anyway – putting the entire MLB season at risk.
Despite knowing about four positive COVID-19 cases on the team on Sunday, the Marlins still took the field against the Phillies in the first week of Major League Baseball’s shortened 2020 season.
Infectious disease experts speaking to The Athletic on Sunday said that those four positive results fit the definition of a “clear outbreak” within the team of 30 players.
Hey Astros…I think you’re off the hook this year.