DALLAS -- We're only several games into the MLB season and COVID-19 is already getting in the way.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels joined the G-Bag Nation on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas to discuss the outbreak in the Marlins organization following the postponement of their game against the Orioles on Monday after a total of 12 players tested positive for the virus over the past two days.
Monday's game between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies was also postponed. The Yankees were set to arrive in Philadelphia on Monday and use the same clubhouse and dugout that the Marlins were in.
Despite the outbreak, Daniels says there's been no communication from MLB on what would have to happen in order for the season to be called off.
"I think we started this thing understanding that positive tests is not an 'if,' it's 'a when,'" Daniels said. "This is not a quarantine bubble. We're traveling. Guys are living in their own homes, they have families, etc.
"I don't know that there is a clearly defined threshold. I think if they are isolated incidents and we do a good job to keep everyone safe outside of that, I think we can continue to play. Obviously, if you start to have outbreaks and things of that nature it's a going to be different story."
When MLB first began discussing plans to start the season amid the pandemic, the idea of playing in a bubble city, such as Phoenix, Arizona, was seriously considered. Ultimately, the league elected to pass on that idea and allowed teams to play in their own ballparks.
"I don't think it would work (because of the size of it)," Daniels said when asked about the decision to not play in a bubble. "In basketball, the size of the roster and the number of people is so much smaller. To have enough players, to have a back up for normal injuries, not even COVID, necessarily. And the number of staff. ... I just think, logistically, it was just too big of an operation. We looked at it originally and I was a little skeptical that we would pull it off."
All other scheduled games for Monday will continue to be played.