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MLB threatens to cancel season if sport doesn’t do better job managing coronavirus



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.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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8 Comments for MLB threatens to cancel season if sport doesn’t do better job managing coronavirus

  1. Memphis UK Cat
    1:35 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    If they shut base ball down, there is no way to control football.

  2. PensacolaCat
    3:37 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Good riddance. This won’t affect football in the least.

  3. Catcasey1
    3:57 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Screw all them over payed whiny asses

  4. satcheluk
    4:32 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    If MLB shuts down, I’ll be shocked if we play college football. College kids aren’t pros yet and the Presidents will step in and pull the plug. At some point the adults in the room have to start making the decisions. I want a football season as much as anyone, but I’m not selfish enough to ignore the obvious. A few kids die and they’ll be sued for more money than they’d make in the whole season. As someone who analyzes risk as a profession, I cannot imagine anyone deciding that is an acceptable risk.

  5. csnailnrun
    7:39 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Base what? Snooooooooring

  6. Lip Man 1
    7:54 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Rob Manfred is back to being an idiot again one day after seemingly understanding the gravity of the situation now in MLB with more games being cancelled.

    “No reason to quit now. I’m not a quitter.” – he told ESPN today.

    Seems Rob must have heard from the owners instructing him that as long as there is money on the table until someone dies, we play…despite the bastardized schedule, the bizarre rules, no fans, to crown an illegitimate champion.

    Also it should be noted that Manfred isn’t risking his ass out there unlike the players that he is trying to foster the blame upon.

    Yes the players have done a poor job but people were saying from the start it would be impossible to safely follow and play despite a 112 page “guide” for the season.

    As stated this guy makes Bud Selig look smart.

    There will be a tipping point hopefully soon and this farce will be cancelled.

  7. 4everUKBlue
    9:11 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    The only farce is the coronavirus bulls!t.