The 2020 Major League Baseball season could be in serious danger – just over a week after it kicked off.
According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred noted as such in a conversation with MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Friday. Passan said Manfred suggested the 2020 season could be “shut down.”
According to Passan, the statement wasn’t a threat from Manfred. Rather, he was noting the harsh reality that the league needs to get a better handle on the virus.
“The conversation between Manfred and Clark was not a threat but a reality check that was relayed to players — and has spread quickly among them: “We — all of us — need to clean this up, because if we don’t, Major League Baseball in 2020 is going to be over,'” Passan said in his report.
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.
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— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2020
The sports – namely the Miami Marlins – has seen a series of positive COVID-19 tests. Currently, at least 18 members of the Marlins’ organization have tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier Friday morning, reports emerged revealing the St. Louis Cardinals had a series of positive tests as well. As a result, the MLB postponed the team’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
After that game was postponed, the MLB had 20-percent of its scheduled games not taking place on Friday night.
Things are not looking good for the MLB, just a week into the season.