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Marlins season suspended by MLB after COVID-19 outbreak: report

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The Miami Marlins will put their 2020 season on hold, postponing several games after more than a dozen players tested positive for the coronavirus.

MLB announced Tuesday that officials decided to suspend the team’s season through Sunday as the number of Marlins players with COVID-19 grew to 17 earlier in the day.

The decision affects a total of five games for now: two between the Marlins and Baltimore Orioles and three between the Marlins and Washington Nationals.

“Given the current circumstances, MLB believes it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week,” the league said.

The news comes shortly after a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal indicated that the Nationals, who were set to play a three-game series against the Marlins this weekend, had voted overwhelmingly not to make the trip because of concerns about the virus.

It was unclear from the league’s statement when or if the postponed games would be made up.

The move comes less than one week after MLB opened its season despite concerns about rising coronavirus infection rates in states around the country, including in Florida, where the Marlins are based.

Games played this season will not have fans in attendance and will feature piped-in ambient crowd noise to simulate normalcy.

Tags Baltimore Orioles Coronavirus COVID-19 Major League Baseball Miami Marlins MLB postponed Washington Nationals

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