Miami Marlins’ home opener canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak


ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JULY 21: Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Miami Marlins reacts with Jonathan Villar #2 after hitting a solo homer in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves during an exhibition game at Truist Park on July 21, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

MIAMI (KDVR) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he’s already contacted New York State and the Bisons regarding the Marlins COVID-19 outbreak.

He says he supports the Blue Jays playing in Buffalo, but it needs to be done safely.

“It must be done safely and cannot put our community at risk. No community should be put at risk just for sports,” Poloncarz said on Twitter.

The Marlins are set to play the Blue Jays in Buffalo on August 11 in their “home” opener.

The Miami Marlins home opener scheduled for Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles has been canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the team.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, eight more players and two coaches with the Miami Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19, as an outbreak has spread throughout their clubhouse and brought the total of cases in recent days to at least 14.

Ken Rosenthal with The Athletic said, “Two infectious disease experts say the positive results fit the definition of “a clear outbreak” with the club”, according to a tweet on Monday.

The Marlins are scheduled to play the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field in Buffalo on August 11.

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