- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2020

In a team survey, the “vast majority” of Washington Nationals players voted against traveling to Miami this weekend for a scheduled three-game series against the Miami Marlins, The Athletic and other outlets reported.

The Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak has grown to 17 players and coaches as of Tuesday morning, reports said.

MLB postponed the Marlins’ games against the Baltimore Orioles Monday and Tuesday due to their high number of positive cases. The Nationals are supposed to visit their NL East rivals for games Friday through Sunday.

The final decision of whether to play and where, however, rests with Major League Baseball and not the players.

On Monday, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said the Marlins’ spike in cases changed his level of concern from “about an eight to a 12.” He couldn’t confirm that the team would definitely take the trip to Florida, a hotspot for the coronavirus right now.

“Hopefully, they (MLB) make the right decision,” Martinez said then. “That’s all I’m gonna say. Miami’s going through a difficult time with this virus, so we’ll see what happens in the next day or so.”

Martinez also spoke emotionally about his players and coaching staff being his family and called an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Nationals his worst nightmare.

“We have to remember that we’re all human beings, and we’re playing through some tough times,” Martinez said. “I just want people to remember that. We have struggles. These guys have families. I have a family. We think about that stuff. With that being said, just remember that we’re doing the best we can.”

• Adam Zielonka can be reached at azielonka@washingtontimes.com.

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