The 2020 Major League Baseball season is in danger of being canceled.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association director Tony Clark if the sport doesn't improve its handling of the coronavirus, the season could be shut down, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Friday.
BREAKING: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2020
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Passan notes “multiple players briefed on the call fear that 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,”
Manfred's warning comes at a time in which MLB is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak across the league. Over the last week, 18 Miami Marlins players and two coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 leading to all Marlins games being postponed until Sunday at the earliest.
Due to several positive tests in other organizations, 20 percent of the league's teams had their games postponed on Friday.
MLB is expected to conclude its investigation into the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak within the next two days.