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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball is still being played after reports of possible shutdown

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball is still being played after reports of possible shutdown

Just over a week into the 2020 season, Major League Baseball faces a turning point.

Playing through the coronavirus pandemic was always going to be a challenge, but recent outbreaks on multiple teams have led to the postponement of numerous games and have many questions whether the campaign should continue on. Though a recent report suggested commissioner Rob Manfred was considering halting the season, he somewhat dispelled that notion on Saturday.

“We are playing. The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now," Manfred said to ESPN's Karl Ravech. "We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable.”

Manfred stating that "there is no reason to quit now" is quite interesting when one evaluates the current landscape of baseball. 

As of now, the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals are the two teams that have the most positive cases over the last week. An outbreak in Miami that had 15 players test positive forced the team to pause the season and postpone games with the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. It also forced the Philadelphia Phillies, who played the Marlins on opening weekend, to delay games with the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.

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The Cardinals have had multiple staff members and a player test positive for coronavirus since Friday, forcing the first two games of a weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers to be postponed. In just about one week of play, eight teams have not been able to play due to the virus.

Manfred noted that he feels the players need to do better, which could relate to the report that the Marlins did not follow proper health and safety protocols. Players should be working hard to remain safe, but still, it's the league's responsibility to put its players in a safe situation and set up the necessary procedures to contain and eliminate an outbreak. By having teams travel and not creating a bubble like the NBA and NHL, those tasks become more challenging.

With the virus still as prevalent as ever throughout the country, the problem is not going away. Manfred seems adamant in his statement to Ravech that baseball will continue on despite the bumps in the road. But unless things drastically change, positive tests will keep coming and "manageable" may no longer be the word used to describe the situation. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone complains about Phillies fans blowing airhorns outside stadium

Yankees manager Aaron Boone complains about Phillies fans blowing airhorns outside stadium

Phillies fans haven’t been allowed inside Citizens Bank Park to heckle opposing players this season, but they still found a way to draw the ire of New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

During Thursday night’s contest between the Phillies and Yankees, Boone pulled the umpires aside in between frames to complain about a group of fans outside the stadium blowing an airhorn during his team’s at-bats. The sound could be heard on the TV broadcast as Phillies starter Zach Eflin handled Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres in 1-2-3 fashion.

They’re apparently called the “Fandemic Crew” and have attending all Phillies home games to cheer them on. Word quickly reached the group that Boone wasn’t happy with their airhorn.

Considering the fans were outside the stadium, there really wasn’t much the umpires could do. It appears not even a pandemic is going to stop Phillies fans from making their presence known.

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MLB announces schedule to make up Nationals-Marlins postponements

MLB announces schedule to make up Nationals-Marlins postponements

The Washington Nationals will make up their postponed three-game series with the Miami Marlins over multiple dates when the teams were previously scheduled to play.

Saturday, Aug. 22, the Nationals will be the home team in the first game of a doubleheader, then the road team in the second game. Doubleheaders now consist of two seven-inning games. That game will be a makeup for the July 31 game that was postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak within the Marlins organization which delayed a three-game series scheduled to be played in Miami on July 31-Aug. 2.

Friday, Sept. 18, in Miami will be another doubleheader. That accounts for the Aug. 1 postponement.

Sunday, Sept. 20 will be a final doubleheader to make up for the Aug. 2 postponement. It also means the Nationals will play five games in three days in Miami before the final week of the season begins.

The Nationals will play 12 games in 10 days to close the season.

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