As the Virus Spreads Through M.L.B., So Does Frustration

on baseballSeries have been postponed, teams have been quarantined, and road trips have been rerouted in a season that has been defined above all by its precariousness.“I think everyone is trying to look for someone or something to blame, and there isn’t one person or one thing to blame,” Derek Jeter, the Marlins’ chief executive,…

As the Virus Spreads Through M.L.B., So Does Frustration

on baseballSeries have been postponed, teams have been quarantined, and road trips have been rerouted in a season that has been defined above all by its precariousness.“I think everyone is trying to look for someone or something to blame, and there isn’t one person or one thing to blame,” Derek Jeter, the Marlins’ chief executive, said of his team’s outbreak.Credit…Lynne Sladky/Associated PressMajor League Baseball is like a beleaguered landlord with 30 frightened tenants. Flooding in one apartment damages several others. The pipes get fixed, and then mold spreads in the room down the hall. Nobody wants to condemn the building, but everyone knows it might collapse.So it was on Monday, when the Miami Marlins worked out in Baltimore, the Philadelphia Phillies prepared for a game in the Bronx — and the St. Louis Cardinals’ outbreak of positive coronavirus cases swelled to 13, forcing the postponement of four games this week in Detroit.The Cardinals have been quarantined since Thursday at their hotel in Milwaukee, where their three-game series with the Brewers was postponed last weekend after St. Louis’s first cases were confirmed. M.L.B. announced on Monday that seven Cardinals players and six staff members had tested positive, another body blow for the league after 20 people in the Marlins’ traveling party — 18 players and two coaches — tested positive last week.“I think everyone is trying to look for someone or something to blame, and there isn’t one person or one thing to blame,” Derek Jeter, the Marlins’ chief executive, said on Monday. “This is a health crisis that we’re all dealing with — a health crisis that not only our country is dealing with, but our world is dealing with.”Baseball wants to insulate itself from that world, but its 30 teams are traveling throughout the United States to stage a 60-game season. The league determined that a so-called bubble approach was impractical, and the areas it considered months ago — Arizona, Texas and Florida — to carry out a season in a contained environment have since become hot spots for the virus, anyway. Yet road trips have increased the risk of infection.“We weren’t perfect,” Marlins Manager Don Mattingly said. “We were in Miami for three weeks and we didn’t have one positive. So I think we felt like we were being good at it. Obviously, we weren’t being good enough — and the
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