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13 St. Louis Cardinals players and staff tested positive for Covid-19, MLB says – CNN

(CNN)Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six team staffers have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

As a result of the positive tests, the Cardinals’ four-game series against the Detroit Tigers, set for Tuesday to Thursday, has been postponed. The Cardinals have been in quarantine since last Thursday and will stay in Milwaukee, and their personnel will continue to be tested daily, MLB said.
The outbreak among Cardinals’ players and staff raises further questions about MLB’s plans to safely hold the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, 21 players and staff on the Miami Marlins tested positive for coronavirus, and the Philadelphia Phillies have also had several positive tests.
Commissioner Rob Manfred warned union leader Tony Clark in a Friday call that if the league and players don’t do a better job of following Covid-19 protocols and managing the virus, Manfred could shut down the shortened season, ESPN reported.
MLB is tentatively planning for the Cardinals to resume their season August 7 against the Chicago Cubs.
The league’s extensive protocols for holding the season included banning high-fives and spitting by players and keeping fans out of stadiums. But teams are still traveling the country to play games in empty stadiums and are not isolated from the general American public.
In contrast, the NHL, NBA and WNBA have restarted their leagues without positive tests by holding all games in “bubbles,” where players are consistently tested, are required to masks and remain apart from the public.
Manfred has said that holding the baseball season in a “bubble” would not have worked because MLB has large teams and wants to hold a 60-game season.
“The duration would have been much longer, and the longer you go, the more people you have, the less likely it is that you can make the bubble work,” he said.

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Cardinals’ star Kyler Murray: ‘I’ll definitely be taking a knee’ during national anthem – Fox News

Arizona Cardinals second-year star quarterback Kyler Murray will be one of the many players expected to kneel during the national anthem when the 2020 NFL season kicks off.

Murray talked to reporters on Wednesday and said that he plans on taking action in protest of police brutality and social injustice.

“I’ll be kneeling,” Murray said. “I stand for what’s right. That’s the bottom line. I call it like I see it. I’ll definitely be taking a knee.”

Other players across the league have already confirmed that they will kneel during the national anthem, including Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. A fan asked Mayfield on Instagram not to kneel, but he replied by saying, “Pull your head out. I absolutely am.″ He heard a lot of criticism about his response, but when he explained his reason for it, he mentioned what former NFL player and Green Beret Nate Boyer told Colin Kaepernick in 2016.

“Everybody so upset about my comment doesn’t understand the reasoning behind kneeling in the first place,” Mayfield wrote on his Instagram story. ”Nate and Kap came to an agreement that kneeling was the most respectful way to support our military while also standing up for equality.


“I have the utmost respect for our military, cops, and people that serve our country,” Mayfield added. “It’s about equality and everybody being treated the same because we’re all human. It’s been ignored for too long and that is my fault as well for not becoming more educated and staying silent. If I lose fans, that’s OK. I’ve always spoken my mind. And that’s from the heart.”

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt also took his thoughts to Twitter about taking action. One person wrote, in a now-deleted tweet, that he was “pretty sure” the three-time Defensive Player of the Year would not be taking a knee, along with three American flag emojis.

Watt clapped back, responding Saturday: “Don’t speak for me”

“If you still think it’s about disrespecting the flag or our military, you clearly haven’t been listening,” Watt tweeted.


Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he would kneel with his players if they chose to do so during the anthem.

Watt has been outspoken about the need for more understanding and justice in the nation following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Earlier this month, he wrote a lengthy post on social media that began: “Silence is unacceptable.”

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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