Commissioner Rob Manfred warns MLB season in jeopardy after recent COVID-19 outbreaks

Commissioner Rob Manfred warns MLB season in jeopardy after recent COVID-19 outbreaks
(Patrick McDermott)

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told players association director Tony Clark Friday that the season could be shut down if the sport doesn't do a better job managing the COVID-19 outbreak.

That is according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

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Manfred has the power to shut down the season, and according to Passan, he may do so if the number of positive tests continues to spike. Some players fear such a decision could come as soon as Monday.

This news comes after the Cardinals confirmed Friday that two players have tested positive for the virus. The club did not share those players' identities.

The tests were taken before their game Thursday against the Twins, meaning there is a risk of it not only spreading within the Cardinals' clubhouse, but the Twins' as well.

The more pressing case is with the Marlins, though, who have now had 21 individuals test positive for the virus. The club has not played since July 26 and will not be eligible to return until Aug. 3 at the soonest.

The Phillies, who have been unable to play since facing the Marlins last weekend, have also had two people test positive.

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