MLB making teams travel with babysitters after Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak
Babysitters will soon be hitting the road with MLB teams.
In light of the Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak, the league will now require teams to travel with a compliance officer to make sure players and staff follow protocols, ESPN reported Wednesday. MLB is also encouraging players not to leave their hotels except for games and requiring surgical masks instead of cloth masks when traveling, according to the report.
The updated health and safety protocols come as the league has launched an investigation into how 16 players and two coaches on the Marlins came to test positive for COVID-19, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported.
The Marlins’ outbreak is currently isolated, with the other 29 teams combining for zero positive tests, according to MLB and its Players Association. One official briefed on the Marlins’ situation told Sherman that “something happened massively disruptive to the process that is not going on anywhere else.”
For now, the Marlins will not play again until at least Monday while the Phillies — who hosted the Marlins for the season-opening series — will not play until at least Saturday as they continue to await results of COVID-19 tests.