Derek Jeter, the Miami Marlins CEO has announced the team’s spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida is now officially closed until further notice.
In an attempt to make things as safe for members of the Miami Marlins roster, the staff and the organization, team CEO Derek Jeter has announced that the organization’s Spring Training facility is being shut down.
This isn’t something unexpected as the news of the coronavirus continues to be the major topic worldwide and the instances of cases are on the rise.
"“Jeter additionally advised against players participating in any group workouts outside the complex and encouraged them to abide by recommendations from health officials amid the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic,” Joe Frisaro wrote.More from Marlins NewsWhy didn’t the Miami Marlins sign JDM?Miami Marlins rejected Boston‘s trade offerMiami Marlins are pursuing Michael ConfortoMiami Marlins need to spend to winMiami Marlins can’t afford to botch this trade“Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill addressed the players in the batting cages at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex, and emphasized Sunday’s decision was being made to ensure the health and safety of all in the organization.”"
The Marlins and the rest of the baseball community are in a holding pattern as the start of the Major League season is on hold until further notice. As Frisaro also explained, the players who were in attendance for Sunday’s meeting were the players who were in Major League camp. The players who were in Marlins minor league camp were already told to head home to be with their families.
"“Manager Don Mattingly, the coaching staff and players have been in Jupiter through the weekend, awaiting word on what is next,” Frisaro wrote.“The organization also stressed this is a fluid time, and decisions are subject to change, based on recommendations from Major League Baseball.”"
The decision to end spring training baseball and push back the start of the MLB season was based on safety precautions. The NHL and NBA have ended there seasons. The NCAA has halted spring sports this year. NASCAR and the PGA and LPGA have halted their seasons until further notice.
Spring Training baseball came to a halt for the Marlins after a 12-6 start. Several minor league prospects had an immediate impact early in camp. Jeter, Hill, and Mattingly will have tough decisions to make regarding the team’s 26-man roster.