Dr. Fauci: MLB season ‘in danger’ due to Marlins’ outbreak
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday morning provided a grim outlook about how the Miami Marlins’ recent coronavirus outbreak could potentially endanger the entire compacted 2020 MLB season.
However, Fauci doesn’t believe the situation is so dire that MLB ought to throw in the towel on the recently started season just yet.
Fauci, a longtime Washington Nationals fan, provided his view on where the MLB season stands during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci to @GStephanopoulos on the MLB: “I don’t believe they need to stop but we need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis.” https://t.co/JgCvhTifYS pic.twitter.com/Y9g7NL5HmG— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 28, 2020
“This could put it in danger,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, per ESPN. “I don’t believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis.”
A COVID-19 outbreak in the Marlins’ clubhouse over the weekend during the team’s series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park now numbers at over a dozen cases, according to reports.
The evolving situation led to the postponement of games between the Marlins and Baltimore Orioles in Miami on Monday and Tuesday. Monday night’s game between the Phillies and the visiting New York Yankees was also postponed.
Fauci cautioned against overreacting over the Marlins’ outbreak, however, adding that Major League Baseball has protocols in place to handle a surge in positive COVID-19 tests when limited to just one team.
“Major League Baseball — the players, the owners, the managers — have put a lot of effort into getting together and putting protocols that we feel would work,” Fauci said. “It’s very unfortunate what happened with the Miami [Marlins].”
Fauci’s comments echo what MLB commissioner Rob Manfred had to say Monday when insisting the league does not need to go into panic mode at this point.
“Obviously, we don’t want any player to get exposed. It’s not a positive thing,” Manfred said. “But I don’t see it as a nightmare. … We think we can keep people safe and continue to play.”