Nationals Players Vote Against Traveling to Florida for Marlins Series


Players on the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals have reportedly voted against making the trip from the nation's capital to Miami, Florida for a weekend series against the Marlins.

The "vast majority" of Nats players said they would not travel to Miami, according to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, who adds that the league must now make a decision on how to proceed.

The players still want to play a full season and are hoping MLB relocates the games elsewhere, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in Washington.

The reported vote comes amid a coronavirus outbreak affecting the Marlins organization. Seventeen Marlins personnel, including players and coaches, have tested positive in the past five days, it was reported on Monday.

The Marlins opened their season with a three-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia, where they remained in quarantine after the positive tests. The team was slated to host the Baltimore Orioles for its home opener on Monday, but both that game and Tuesday's matchup were postponed.

As well, the first two games of the Yankees-Phillies four-game series in Philadelphia were postponed due to the scare, though no Phillies players had tested positive by Monday morning.

The Nationals opened a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park on Monday night.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the outbreak on Monday night, saying the league's owners had not discussed cancelling the balance of the shortened season during a regularly scheduled Monday conference.