A AAA team calling themselves the Miami Marlins are set to resume their season on Tuesday, provided the outbreak is under control.
The Miami Marlins season lasted exactly two games before COVID-19 reared its head. Three players had tested positive for the virus before their game on July 26, but they decided to press forward with that contest anyway. The following day, an outbreak was confirmed on the team, with their season shut down for the foreseeable future.
On Sunday, the Marlins finally received some positive news. They have managed to go two days without any new positive tests, and are set to restart their season on Tuesday.
Questions still remain regarding this resumption of play. It remains to be seen as to what type of roster the Marlins will be able to piece together, especially with so many players sidelined due to their positive tests.
For their part, the Marlins have been active on the trade and free agent fronts. In their quest to find anything resembling a major league caliber player, they have added the likes of Richard Bleier, James Hoyt, Jordan Schafer, Pat Venditte, and Logan Forsythe, amongst numerous others.
That flurry of moves does not mean that the Marlins will be able to assemble anything resembling a competitive roster. More than half the active roster had been placed in quarantine. Only four players at their alternate training site have major league experience, with Travis Snider having the most extensive time in the majors. But he has not made a major league appearance since 2015.
But the 2020 season must continue. The Marlins, despite having a ‘major league’ roster that will essentially be comprised of AAA depth pieces, will be playing as many games as possible. But the competitive integrity of the season has not been lost or anything.
The Miami Marlins will be returning to the diamond on Tuesday. Or, to be more exact, a AAA team calling themselves the Marlins will begin play on that day.