According to ESPN, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association 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.
This news comes after an outbreak with the Marlins where 18 players tested positive for COVID-19. Members from the Phillies also tested positive for coronavirus after a weekend series vs the Marlins. Two positive tests by St. Louis Cardinals layers on Friday postponed the game with the Milwaukee Brewers.
If another outbreak happens, Manfred has the power to shut down the season and he might just do that.
Multiple players that were briefed on the call fear that season could be shut down as early as Monday if positive tests continue to spike.
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