The Marlins won the game, 11-6. After the game, in a video call with reporters, Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas said on Sunday that the players decided to play the game after a group chat.
“We have decided to keep doing this and to continue to be responsible and to play the game as hard as possible,” Rojas said.
Three games have been postponed due to the positive cases. The Marlins ‘home opener against the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees’ game at the Philadelphia Phillies, both scheduled for Monday night, have been postponed, MLB said. In an interview with MLB Network, Manfred said the Marlins will also not be playing their game on Tuesday in Miami.
A reporter followed up with Rojas on Sunday, asking if in that group chat there was a discussion on Sunday morning that maybe they shouldn’t be playing that day.
“It was never the mentality,” Rojas replied. “We knew it could happen at some point. We got to the basics and were ready to play. It was never a thought that we weren’t going to play.”
After the game, Marlins manager Don Mattingly was asked if he had been considered Sunday morning not to play the game because of the situation. The reporter who asked the question did not refer to positive Covid-19 tests.
“You never really considered not playing from my perspective,” Mattingly said. “We take risks every day. Every day we take risks, that’s what players across the league do. You know you travel all the time. You know it started with this road trip, you’re traveling. You’re on planes, you’re on buses, you’re in different hotels. It’s a risk we’re taking and I just think we have to, I’m going back to Michael Hill, who told us very early on that we are going to have to be adjustable, be flexible, be patient, set up to deal with many and different scenarios. So we are being tested early, hopefully we don’t later. we can pass that test. “
Mattingly, who admitted on Sunday that the team were planning to leave Philadelphia on Monday morning instead of Sunday, was asked why not playing wasn’t a consideration.
“You look at scripts, could we have played at another time of the year,” Mattingly said. “You know, and our guys make the decision, right? And maybe that was a discussion, but the conclusion they came to was that we take risks every day. I think it was more of a question. flight and see where we are at before we fly. ”
Other sports leagues are reopening with their teams in so-called “bubbles” in an attempt to limit interactions with the outside world.
The WNBA announced its season on Saturday at the IMG Academy in Florida, the NBA is expected to restart its season later this week in a bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando and the NHL plans to restart with double bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton. In Utah, the NWSL Challenge Cup ended on Sunday, with the Houston Dash winning the title.
CNN’s Amir Vera, Steve Almasy, Wayne Sterling and Eric Levenson contributed to this report.