With news that Major League Baseball was postponing a pair of games Monday night because of concerns over an outbreak of COVID-19, former Red Sox pitcher David Price took the opportunity to call out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
“Now we REALLY get to see if MLB is going to put players health first,” Price wrote on Twitter. “Remember when Manfred said players health was PARAMOUNT?! Part of the reason I’m at home right now is because players health wasn’t being put first. I can see that hasn’t changed.”
Price, traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the offseason, cited his health and that of his family when he announced July 4 that he would not play this season.
Both the Orioles-at-Marlins and the Yankees-at-Phillies games Monday were postponed after as many as a dozen Miami players and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus, according to reports. The Marlins played at Philadelphia Sunday, despite having three players test positive Sunday morning.
The Marlins decided to remain overnight at their Philadelphia hotel rather than travel home as scheduled. The plan was to fly home Monday in time for their 7:10 p.m. home opener against the Orioles, but with more players testing positive, they are quarantining in Philadelphia.
The Yankees were set to open a series at Philadelphia Monday night, but with the Phillies scrubbing down the clubhouse after the Marlins series, the game was postponed.
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