After just over one week of games, Major League Baseball is on the cusp of cancellation.
According to a report by ESPN, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport can’t contain the outbreaks popping up throughout the league, it could shut down for the season.
As of today, the Miami Marlins have had 21 members of its organization test positive for COVID-19, followed by six to eight positive tests by St. Louis Cardinals players.
ESPN reports that the season could be shut down as soon as Monday if more positive tests pop up this weekend.
“Should another outbreak materialize, Manfred, who has the power to shut down the season, could move in that direction,” reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan. “Multiple players briefed on the call fear the season could be shut down as soon as Monday if positive tests jump or if players continue not to strictly abide by the league’s protocols.”
In fact, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann reports that networks broadcasting MLB games “have been alerted to look at possible alternate programming after this weekend should the league shut down.”
The MLB and MLBPA announced Friday that of the 11,895 samples taken over the past week, there were 29 positive tests, including 20 by players and nine by staff members.