The New York Mets are the latest Major League Baseball team to have their games canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The league announced the Mets’ Thursday night contest against the Miami Marlins was postponed after at least two players tested positive for COVID-19, Fox Sports reported.
The Mets reported the positive tests just a few days after a couple of other MLB franchises started playing again. The St. Louis Cardinals had been sitting out for about a week after several members tested positive. The Cincinnati Reds also missed a few games because of a mini-outbreak in their clubhouse.
The Cardinals restarted their 2020 season earlier this week. The Reds also returned to play on Wednesday.
The Mets were prepared to finish up their four-game series against the Marlins. Major League Baseball also canceled the club’s first game in the “Subway Series” against the New York Yankees. That series was scheduled to kick off on Friday.
Commissioner Rob Manfred’s representatives said the postponement would allow the team to do some contract tracing and additional testing. For now, reports show that one player and one staffer came down with the virus.
The front office said the two people who have the disease will stay in Miami as they try and locate anyone else who came into close contact with them. The rest of the Mets are headed back home in order to isolate and hope that no one else has contracted the disease.
The Mets are now the fourth squad to have at least some kind of outbreak in 2020. At the moment, MLB doesn’t believe their COVID-19 infections are tied to those reported by other clubs.
The Mets front office has also said it does not believe anyone on its roster broke any sort of protocols which would have caused them to get infected. Team officials added they weren’t sure how those two people were exposed, stating it was still a mystery.
Neither the Mets nor anyone else in MLB is in any kind of bubble, so it could be that someone came into contact with an infected person in their day-to-day lives.
While Friday’s game against the Yankees has only been postponed, the front office will now have to wait and see if anyone else ends up coming down with the coronavirus, thus potentially forcing more cancellations. Should that happen, the Mets could need to sit out more than just the weekend.