Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Player Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport does not do a better job of managing coronavirus, it could be shut down for the time being, resources familiar conversation was told on ESPN.
The league and players recognize the coming days are a critical fall following an uprising against the Miami Marlins in which 18 players and two coaches tested positive for COVID-19. Two positive tests by players of St. The Louis Cardinals on Friday raised concerns within the sport about having a coronavirus and whether MLB protocols are being properly followed by players to prevent explosions similar to those in Miami.
If another uprising becomes materialized, Manfred, who has the power to close the season, could move in that direction. Many players briefed on the fear of the call to shut down the weather on Monday if positive tests jump or if players continue to not strictly adhere to league protocols.
The state and local government have forced baseball over players moving in mandates outlined in the league’s 113-page operation, sources told ESPN. Broadcasts showing players high-fiving, ejaculating and not wearing masks have left government officials wondering how serious the players are at protocols, sources said.
Moreover, there is concern about off-farm options, with a high-ranking official saying: “There are some bad decisions being made.”
The Cardinals ’game against the Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed to Friday and is scheduled for a doubleheader Sunday. Already, the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies, who last played in Miami on Sunday, are missing scheduled games, leaving 20% of the league Friday in the league.