Cubs' Steven Souza calls on MLB players to 'take a hard look' at off-field actions

/ by Tim Stebbins
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Cubs outfielder Steven Souza Jr. has a message for all MLB players at a critical juncture of the abbreviated 2020 season, one that's only a week into play.

"Every player in this league better take a hard look at what you’re doing off the field, because what you do affects, more than just you and your team," a post from Souza's Twitter account reads. "Your decisions off the field will put all of our seasons in jeopardy this year."

That message comes in wake of a report that commissioner Rob Manfred told the MLBPA the season could be shut down if the league doesn't do a better job managing COVID-19. Twenty Miami Marlins (18 players) have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week, as well as two Cardinals, and a Phillies coach and home clubhouse member.

MORE: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred warns MLBPA of potential shutdown

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Miami and Philadelphia haven't played since Sunday, and the Cardinals' positive tests led to the postponement of their Friday game against the Brewers. Fifteen games in total have been postponed since Miami's outbreak, with Philadelphia shutting down team activities at their ballpark Thursday "until further notice."

No Cubs players have tested positive for the coronavirus since intake testing began at the start of summer training camp.