Miami Marlins: Being prepared to start the MLB season

JUPITER, FLORIDA - MARCH 12: A general view of the field being watered after the spring training game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. Major League Baseball is suspending Spring Training and delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - MARCH 12: A general view of the field being watered after the spring training game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. Major League Baseball is suspending Spring Training and delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks due to the ongoing threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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As it appears MLB is coming up with a plan to play some form of baseball in the near future, the Miami Marlins will be ready to resume baseball activities.

It does not matter when the MLB season will start. Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said his team will be ready to play once players and franchises are allowed to begin the 2020 season once again.

"“We continue to plan for the 2020 season, and we’re going to be ready for when MLB decides it’s going to be safe for us to return to the field,” Jeter said in the latest Beyond the Bases Podcast that can be accessed on Marlins.com.”"

The story for MLB.com comes from Joe Frisaro.

In what could be described as one of the more interesting seasons in baseball history, there is a plan being worked out so that all 30 teams play a shortened season in Arizona, using Chase Field and all 11 Spring Training facilities as game-day locations. Jeter and the Marlins front office are watching the evolution of the 2020 season unfold, with the health of each franchise at the forefront of these plans.

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As of right now, the baseball operations at Marlins Park are shutdown. Players have been sent home and all office personnel has been working by remote. Currently, the ballpark is serving as a test site for COVID-19. No other operations are being handled at this site.

The Marlins had been one of the better stories of the spring, jumping out to a 12-6-2 record and proved the plan Jeter and his staff have worked on the past two seasons was working. While the team is still considered a year or two away from contending for a playoff run, there is enough progress to get fans in South Florida excited about what will come in the future.

"“Jeter says he has been in constant communication with MLB’s executive team, as well as all departments within the organization, including manager Don Mattingly, the coaches and training staff,” Frisaro added.“Jeter also notes that it’s tough to speculate on when the players may return to the field and baseball activities resume.”"

There are still a few position battles to decide on the team’s 26-man roster. There is also the question of filling out the starting five in the rotation and who will comprise the bullpen which has been rebuilt this offseason.

The Miami Marlins also must decide which veteran or youngster will win the final spot in the outfield that remains part of the roster competition.

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