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Both Blue Jays, Phillies close team facilities due to pandemic

The MLB remains steadfast about playing out its season, but the pandemic is not making things easy.

The coronavirus is already making a mini-spike, which analysts initially predicted wouldn’t happen in the fall. It’s taking place in areas that it didn’t really hit too hard the first time, such as in a number of cities in the Southern area of the country.

And a few MLB teams are already taking notice.

The Phillies became the first team to close its spring training facility, after five players and three staff members tested positive for the virus. Soon after, the Blue Jays followed suit.

The virus is sending a clear message, and sports leagues would be wise to listen. It plays by no rules, and maybe starting to practice — and eventually play — is not a wise idea.