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The Miami Marlins' home opener on Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles was canceled after eight more players and two coaches tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN reports.

Why it matters: It highlights the difficulty of carrying out a sports season as the nation's virus caseload continues to grow. The MLB chose to allow teams to travel around the country, opting out of the "bubble" environment that other leagues have favored.

  • At least 14 people at the Marlins organization have now tested positive in recent days.
  • The team remained in Philadelphia, canceling its chartered flight back to Miami, after playing a weekend series against the Phillies.
  • Monday's game between the Phillies and Yankees in Philadelphia was also canceled, per The Athletic.

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Jul 27, 2020 - Health

How baseball's coronavirus reckoning affects everything

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In less than four days, the 2020 MLB season is seriously at risk after at least 14 members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus, canceling games in Miami and Philadelphia and kicking off an emergency league meeting.

Why it matters: It's a bad sign for baseball moving forward. But most importantly, it's a bad sign for just about everything in our daily lives — showing that something approaching normal can't simply be willed into existence.

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Seven players and six staff members from the St. Louis Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, prompting the MLB to postpone the team's upcoming four-game series against the Detroit Tigers.

The big picture: Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’s "Squawk Box" that coronavirus outbreaks in the MLB are "a warning of what could potentially happen if we aren't very careful with the schools."

GOP plans "nightly surprise" for revamped convention

President Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images

The reworked Republican National Convention will be a four-night spectacle including still-under-wraps venues, a 10 p.m. "nightly surprise" and guests and themes playing to "the forgotten men and women of America," two senior Trump campaign officials involved tell Axios.

Driving the news: The messaging will focus heavily on "very granular details" of what a second term for President Trump would look like — answering a question Trump left hanging in a Fox News event earlier this summer — and attack cancel culture, "radical elements" of society and threats to public safety.