Washington Nationals Manager Dave Martinez said he’s “scared.”
The MLB team manager, who experienced a heart technique a year ago, told correspondents on Monday that his “level of concern went from about an 8 to a 12” after a few Miami Marlins players tested positive for Covid-19.
“I wash my hands — I went from 47 times a day to probably 99 times a day,” he said during a press conference. “Wear my mask everywhere I go. But there’s always that concern. You don’t know — right now you don’t know, because of my heart condition, what happens to me if I do get it.”
His interests come as Major League Baseball is simply starting its delayed season, one that is spectator-free and chock full of new non-traditional rules – including the prohibiting of spitting of any sort – to abstain from spreading the infection.
In any case, up until now, the MLB’s endeavors to keep players, coaches and other colleagues safe from the pandemic have demonstrated to be challenging.
The arrival of sports couldn’t have come at a more terrible time, as cases in the United States keep on ascending, with in excess of 4 million affirmed cases as of Monday evening, as indicated by Johns Hopkins University information.
Also, presently, there’s an outbreak within baseball – and, a few games, subsequently, have been canceled.
Eleven Marlins players and two mentors have tested positive for the coronavirus, as indicated by ESPN. The group didn’t head out back to Miami Sunday after a three-game series in Philadelphia, however remained overnight for more testing.
Chicago White Sox supervisor Ricky Renteria is being tested for the infection after he woke up Monday “with a slight cough and nasal congestion,” general manager Rick Hahn said. Renteria wouldn’t deal with the groups game Monday evening against Cleveland, Hahn said.
“Out of an abundance of caution, Ricky will remain at the team hotel and not manage until we receive confirmation of today’s test result,” Hahn said in a statement.
A week ago, Nationals left fielder Juan Soto missed the group’s opener against the New York Yankees subsequent to testing positive for Covid-19.
Both the Marlins’ Monday and Tuesday games were canceled, just like the New York Yankees Monday game at the Philadelphia Phillies, in view of the spate of Covid-19 cases among Marlins players and staff.
“We’re doing some additional testing,” league commissioner Rob Manfred said in an interview on MLB Network. “If the testing results are acceptable, the Marlins will resume play in Baltimore on Wednesday against the Orioles.”
While the abrogations brought up issues about the games going ahead, Manfred didn’t discuss the possibility of canceling the remainder of the 60-game regular season during a scheduled conference call with the league’s 30 group proprietors Monday, a source with information on the call told CNN.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top irresistible infection master, said he’s confident the Covid-19 cases won’t put down the entire season, however it’s “one of the things that could really put a halt in the progression of where you’re going through the season.”
“Hopefully, they’ll be able to continue and hopefully this is an outlier … (and) a number of players and personnel are not infected,” Fauci, who threw the opening pitch at the Nationals first game of the season last week, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“So, we’ll just have to see how this plays out.”