Report: After playing Marlins, Phillies’ game against Yankees canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

Jesse Reed
Jul 25, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; General view of Citizens Bank Park during the seventh inning of a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies will not play the New York Yankees as scheduled Monday after playing against the Miami Marlins over the weekend.

Ken Rosenthal, who was the first to report that Miami’s home opener against Baltimore was canceled, reported the news Monday morning.

Marlins dealing with major COVID-19 outbreak

The reason the Yankees and Phillies won’t play Monday is that Philadelphia is coming off a three-game series against Miami. The reason that’s a huge problem is that the Marlins have reportedly had 14 total people — 12 players and two coaches — test positive for COVID-19 since Friday’s testing cycle.

On Sunday, news broke that four players, including starting pitcher Jose Urena (who was scratched) tested positive. Still, the Marlins played against the Phillies. And worse still is that the reason they played that game is that players voted to do so.

What happens next for 2020 MLB season?

Now it’s unclear what direction MLB will take, both in this specific case with the teams involved, and on a league-wide level.

Dr. Zach Binney, an epidemiologist from Emory University, told MLB Network Radio that the Phillies should shut down for at least five days.

Not surprisingly, MLB is holding an emergency meeting to discuss the concerning situation.


What happens next is anyone’s guess. One thing is certain: Things are not looking great for MLB to finish the 2020 season.