It seems that it was not only the Phillies, who had infected the players, either. Prior to the decision of the league, the Toronto Blue Jays has also closed their facilities team, to Dunedin, Fla., after a player has shown symptoms of COVID-19, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. A total of 11 players from the 40-man lists seven teams have been tested positive for the COVID-19 in June, according to Jared Diamond, and Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal.
Once the deep cleaning process is finished, the players and staff members re-entering the facilities will be subject to testing, and will not be allowed inside until they receive a negative test result.
Earlier Friday, the league said the MLB players union that it would not make a counter-offer to the players’ 70-game season proposal. This offer came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark met face-to-face in Arizona, on Tuesday, at Manfred’s request. The league is currently discussing options with the owners and could try to implement a season in the 50-range game. Its last offer to the players included 60 game of the season.
The MLBPA the following statement Friday evening:
“MLB has informed the Association that will not respond to our last proposal, and will not play more than 60 games. Our Board of directors will convene in the near future to determine the next steps. Most importantly, the Players remain determined to get back to work as soon as possible. “