Boomer Esiason: 'It Might Take a Death' To Make COVID-19 an Issue for MLB Stoppage

Boomer and Gio
July 28, 2020 - 12:11 pm

MLB postponed the scheduled Marlins-Orioles and Yankees-Phillies games on Monday after more than a dozen Marlins players and staffers tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, and the league then postponed those games again on Tuesday as further precaution.

However, it came out that multiple Marlins players had actually tested positive prior to Sunday’s game, but reportedly, a group text chain led by Marlins righty Miguel Rojas determined that the team was still going to play Sunday’s game in Philly, which may have exacerbated the problem.

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Not a good look, Boomer Esiason noted at the top of Tuesday’s Boomer & Gio Show.

“Right now it’s one team that had a major outbreak – and by the way, the game never should’ve been played on Sunday after a couple guys tested positive. I know baseball has put out a booklet on protocols if a player tests positive, but I can promise you less than 10 percent of the players read even two pages,” Boomer said, “and somehow, Miguel Rojas became the arbiter of this game – and that means that Don Mattingly and Derek Jeter are in over their heads. There was a serious lack of leadership among the Marlins to let their players determine if they play or not. They had tests pending – somebody from the Marlins has to call MLB and say we have four positives and other tests pending, and MLB has to tell them they’re not playing.”

Jerry Recco then wondered what it would take for MLB to step in quicker, and Boomer doubled down on his thoughts from March about shutdowns, doubling down with this take: it’s going to take someone dying, or at the least being severely compromised, for a full shutdown.

“Everyone knows there is potential for an outbreak, but his thing isn’t going to be shut down until there is a major outbreak,” Boomer said. “You may think that 14 Marlins is a major outbreak, but it’s a major outbreak for one team, not baseball – but if someone like (Nationals manager) Dave Martinez does die from COVID-19 because of the heart condition and the ailments he’s had, then we’re going to have an issue, and the media is going to come down hard on Rob Manfred. Life is worth much more than the game, but I think that’s what it is going to take. As long as these players keep coming through this, not having to go to the hospital, and not having to be put on ventilators, and not passing away, I think they’re going to want to keep playing.”

You can listen to the entire segment, including Recco’s reactions and more talk about the outbreak, by listening to the audio below – and, as always, you can check out more on-demand audio from WFAN's morning show.

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