MLB blames Marlins for causing COVID-19 outbreak debacle, possible shutdown

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark the 2020 season is in imminent danger of being canceled if players keep disobeying COVID-19 prevention protocols, ESPN reports.

Manfred delivered his message in conjunction with the conclusions of an MLB investigation that blasts the Marlins for being irresponsible and going out in public between games. At least 18 Miami players and two coaches have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, leading to game postponements around the league.

Marlins players reportedly went out during their recent road trip in Atlanta and congregated at their hotel bar, leading to anger by their peers around MLB.

There have been 29 positive COVID-19 tests over the past week among players and staffers, according to a joint MLB-MLBPA release. While that represents 0.2 percent of all tests, it still threatens the continuation of the season. The statement couldn’t single out the Marlins because of privacy rules, but it noted that one club was responsible for 21 of those positive tests. 

Two unidentified Cardinals players tested positive for the coronavirus Friday, forcing St. Louis’ scheduled game in Milwaukee against the Brewers to be postponed.

Manfred warned he could call off the season as soon as Monday if the league’s case status doesn’t improve.

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