MLB is fed up with the Marlins. That's not to say Miami is entirely to blame for the league’s current predicament (looking at you, Commissioner), but the Fightin’ Derek Jeters are certainly under the microscope for lapsing on enforcement of COVID protocols, which may have led to the team’s current outbreak.
According to Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller, an MLB investigation uncovered that the Marlins were not vigilant in following the league’s recommended safety measures, especially during the team’s trip to Atlanta for a pair of exhibition games last week. Players were reportedly seen “out” and mingling at the hotel bar, both in clear violation of MLB guidelines. By not social distancing, the Marlins may have started a chain reaction that could ultimately lead to MLB calling off its 2020 season.
It's hard to find a silver lining with six of the league’s 30 clubs currently in COVID limbo. With the season in peril (ESPN’s Keith Olbermann says the league could close shop any day now), many across the sport are rightfully pointing a finger at Miami, chastising the team for its recklessness. Coming from a coronavirus hotbed in Florida didn’t help matters, but clearly, the Marlins could have done more to prevent the spread.
The Astros have carried the villain label throughout this year—and understandably so in the wake of their nefarious sign-stealing scam—but with the season quickly going down in flames, it may be time for Houston to make room for the Marlins in MLB’s doghouse.