A lot of stuff has happened in the past week or so. In order to sort through it all, let’s just get right to it, in order, please.
It all actually starts on...
Sunday, July 12
Some Cardinals players attend an outdoor drive-in social distant Nelly concert at the Hollywood Casino AMPHITHEATER, formerly the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, formerly UMB Bank Pavilion, formerly Riverport...
Fast forward to....
Monday, July 27
The Miami Marlins are riddled with coronavirus. Nearly 20 people in the Marlins organization end up testing positive. The Cardinals have an off day as they travel to Minnesota.
Tuesday, July 28
Miles Mikolas will likely be out for the season with a forearm strain. Carlos Martínez allows six runs against the Twins in Cardinals loss.
Wednesday, July 29
Daniel Ponce De Leon takes a spot start in place of Mikolas and Cardinals lost again to the Twins.
Thursday, July 30
Cardinals have another day off and travel to Milwaukee. Major League Baseball decides doubleheader games will be seven innings.
MLB, union making progress on deal that would allow for doubleheaders consisting of two seven-inning games, sources tell me and @Jaysonst. Would be for 2020 season only. Parties believe more doubleheaders will be necessary as schedule is adjusted. Idea is to preserve pitching.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2020
Friday, July 31
The Cardinals were supposed to play the Brewers, but the game is postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test. The team still plans on playing Saturday and doubleheader on Sunday.
Sources: Cardinals had positive tests, forcing postponement— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2020
Another player tests positive:
Neither #stlcards player who tested positive has consented to being identified— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) July 31, 2020
Mozeliak was unable to specify whether either who tested positive had shown symptoms or if there were signs shown in Minnesota before testing— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) July 31, 2020
Source informed me of the names of the two #Cardinals positives. The Athletic has a policy of not outing positive cases without their approval, so I will honor those players’ privacy. We feel comfortable sharing this: both are pitchers.— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) July 31, 2020
The Marlins outbreak is found to be due to a lapse in protocol:
#MLB internal investigation found the #Marlins were very lapse in following protocols during Atlanta trip last weekend, players going out, players in hotel bar, etc. Lots of MLB people very unhappy with Miami— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) July 31, 2020
Saturday, August 1
The Cardinals have more positive tests. Saturday’s game is postponed.
Between four and six additional Cardinals have tested positive, a source tells The Athletic. Another postponement tonight would appear likely. On it: @CraigMish.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 1, 2020
Speculation begins about how the Cardinals contracted the virus:
There are fair questions to be asked. We have documentation that at least 2 players played golf on Thursday at a course more than 50 miles from the hotel. How did they get there? In what vehicle? Did they wear masks?— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) August 1, 2020
I’m not here to assign blame, but these are fair asks. https://t.co/MeZcdYI5cA
The Casino Rumor™ starts swirling.
And now there's a rumor that St. Louis Cardinals went to a casino?— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) August 1, 2020
I know decisionmaking is frequently short-sighted for dudes in their 20s/30s (certainly I was included), but one would think the financial incentives were enough to just be willing to have a boring couple months.
Lorenzo Cain drops out of the season.
Sunday, August 2
The Cardinals doubleheader against the Brewers is postponed.
No surprise, but both ends of the scheduled Cardinals-Brewers doubleheader Sunday have officially been postponed, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2020
There are more positive tests.
There are more positive COVID-19 tests today from the #STLCards in their preliminary testing but the exact number won’t be known until tonight. They remain quarantined in Milwaukee. Their next scheduled game is Tuesday in Detroit.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 2, 2020
Players find ways to pass the time in quarantine.
First one... in the remote stand box pic.twitter.com/R2kpgx1SYq— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) August 2, 2020
Let’s not pull a Joe Kelly and miss pic.twitter.com/exgkqNlE4H— Jack Flaherty (@Jack9Flaherty) August 2, 2020
The Cardinals deny any violation of protocol.
Shildt on @KMOXSports: “We’ve had a lot of hard conversations, a lot of contact tracing. I can speak with a high level of confidence that our individuals in our organization have been responsible and have gone above and beyond the protocols that are in place... 1/3— Tom Ackerman (@Ackerman1120) August 2, 2020
Yoenis Céspedes opts out of the season.
Cespedes is indeed opting out— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 2, 2020
Monday, August 3
The Cardinals game against the Tigers is postponed.
#Cardinals will not play Monday in Detroit. Will play Tuesday there. So it's a short pause to put distance. There's the decision. Series will be Tuesday through Thursday with a doubleheader, according to #MLB. https://t.co/4UPtCAuFt2— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) August 1, 2020
The Field of Dreams game is canceled.
Cardinals-White Sox game at Field of Dreams next Thursday in Dyersville, Iowa cancelled, sources tell The Athletic. Reasoning not believed to be tied to additional positive tests on Cardinals. More a logistical problem.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 3, 2020
Tuesday, August 4
The entire series against the Tigers is postponed.
Source: the #STLCards are not going to Detroit, which was to be their next destination. That means they likely will have to make up at least seven games.— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) August 3, 2020
The total number of positive tests reaches seven players, six staffers for 13 total.
7 Cardinals players have tested positive for Covid and 6 staff members. So 13 total personnel. Tigers series postponed as @markasaxon reported 1st— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 3, 2020
All 13 individuals with positive tests have exercised their right to privacy and declined to be identified.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) August 3, 2020
The Cardinals once again deny the completely unfounded and unverified casino rumor.
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on the reports that Cardinals players went to a casino before their COVID-19 outbreak: “I have no factual reason to believe that is true, and I have not seen any proof of that. If they were at a casino, though, that would be disappointing.”— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 3, 2020
The Cardinals trace the initial contraction to prior to travelling to Minnesota and the outbreak to travelling on the team plane.
#stlcards trace outbreak back to STL, infected person possibly on team plane, and saw potential scope when contact tracing put players nearby each other, though Mozeliak did not identify where a bottleneck happened. Eight of the 13 have some mild symptoms https://t.co/rxtFvFbQz2— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) August 3, 2020
The Cardinals have no more new positives besides the initial 13.
#STLCards have no new positives today in tests today. Need another clean round before release from Milwaukee hotel but this is very good news. Possible to have full schedule Friday.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 4, 2020
The Cardinals announce six of the seven positive players.
We are aware that Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Junior Fernández, Rangel Ravelo, Edmundo Sosa and Kodi Whitley have tested positive for COVID-19.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 4, 2020
All six individuals made the decision to grant permission in order to release this information. pic.twitter.com/tqjcG6SNx0
The seventh player is identified when the Cardinals moved him to the Injured List.
We have activated INF Brad Miller from the 10-day Injured List.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 4, 2020
The following players have been placed on the IL:
▪️C Yadier Molina
▪️SS Paul DeJong
▪️SS Edmundo Sosa
▪️RHP Junior Fernández
▪️RHP Carlos Martínez
▪️RHP Kodi Whitley pic.twitter.com/8SgQDlcdeb
The Cardinals are cleared to travel to Chicago.
#stlcards say that today’s tests confirmed all negative and team is cleared to travel, will leave tomorrow AM— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) August 5, 2020
Wednesday, August 5
The Cardinals travel to Chicago.
The Cardinals establish stricter social distancing measures.
After nearly week of isolation, #stlcards sound like a team trying to take that practice into games. Shildt says team won't "interact at all," turning a "sterile environment into an uber-sterile environment."— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) August 5, 2020
Shildt says virus entered team from outside, asymptomatic individual.
Shildt on social distancing measures moving forward: “If you’re not in the lineup, you’re not in the dugout.” #STLCards— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) August 5, 2020
Major League Baseball also establishes stricter social distancing measures.
MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to changes to the operations manual. Starting tomorrow, staff and players must wear face coverings over their nose/mouth at all times and in all places in the stadium except for players on the field. This includes the dugout and bullpen. Everywhere.— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) August 6, 2020
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch confirms with Minnesota casino that no St. Louis Cardinals were there. The Casino Rumor™ appeared to have been fueled by the July 12 outdoor drive in socially-distanced Nelly concert at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater that is in not an actual casino.
Thursday, August 6
The Cardinals hold a practice in Chicago. The team has not played a game since Wednesday, July 29. Nine games were postponed while the team was confined to the haunted Milwaukee hotel.
Prayers to the Cardinals for having to stay in that haunted ass hotel in Milwaukee for so long.— Trevor Plouffe (@trevorplouffe) August 4, 2020
Friday, August 7