Marlins Decided to Play vs. Phillies via Group Text amid Positive COVID-19 Tests

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2020

Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 7-1. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Chris Szagola/Associated Press

Despite knowing multiple players had tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins players decided via group text messages they would play.

Manager Don Mattingly said infielder Miguel Rojas led the group text. 

"He's kind of an unofficial team captain of our club," Mattingly said, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "He's always texting the group and getting the feelings of the group. So when we're dealing with situations or things, that's usually who we're working through."

Rojas said the Marlins never considered opting out of the game.

“That was never the mentality,” Rojas said. “We knew that this would happen at some point. We came to the ballpark and we were ready to play. That was never our thought that we weren’t going to play.”

Major League Baseball postponed Miami's scheduled home opener Monday against the Baltimore Orioles after at least 14 team members (12 players, two coaches) tested positive for COVID-19. All of those players and coaches were positive for COVID for Sunday's game; 10 of those people were at the ballpark, potentially putting members of the Phillies at risk. 

MLB also postponed Monday's scheduled game between the Phillies and New York Yankees as they await test results. The Phillies have quarantined members of their visiting dugout staff as they await test results as well.

That the Marlins chose to play Sunday was irresponsible, at best. If the Phillies suffer a similar outbreak, they would be understandably be angered to be placed in harm's way. The situation also speaks poorly of MLB management, which should have stepped in and taken control of the matter rather than leaving the decision up to a player group text.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

Related

    A's Coach Clarifies Gesture

    Bench coach Ryan Christenson says he meant to do a 'karate chop' after video appeared to show him giving a Nazi salute

    MLB logo
    MLB

    A's Coach Clarifies Gesture

    Paul Kasabian
    via Bleacher Report

    Why Joey Bart Still Isn't with an MLB Team

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Why Joey Bart Still Isn't with an MLB Team

    Yahoo
    via Yahoo

    Yankees Option Miguel Andujar

    Yanks send OF to alternate training site after 1-for-14 start

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Yankees Option Miguel Andujar

    Adam Wells
    via Bleacher Report

    Red Sox's Problems Could Only Get Worse

    Two years after winning it all, Boston looks like the worst team in the AL East 😬

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Red Sox's Problems Could Only Get Worse

    Jacob Shafer
    via Bleacher Report