MLB blames Marlins for inflicting COVID-19 outbreak debacle, attainable shutdown

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday instructed MLB Gamers Affiliation govt director Tony Clark the 2020 season is in imminent hazard of being canceled if gamers preserve disobeying COVID-19 prevention protocols, ESPN reports.

Manfred delivered his message along with the conclusions of an MLB investigation that blasts the Marlins for being irresponsible and going out in public between video games. At the least 18 Miami gamers and two coaches have examined optimistic for the coronavirus over the previous week, resulting in recreation postponements across the league.

Marlins gamers reportedly went out throughout their current street journey in Atlanta and congregated at their lodge bar, resulting in anger by their friends round MLB.

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There have been 29 optimistic COVID-19 exams over the previous week amongst gamers and staffers, based on a joint MLB-MLBPA release. Whereas that represents 0.2 p.c of all exams, it nonetheless threatens the continuation of the season. The assertion could not single out the Marlins due to privateness guidelines, but it surely famous that one membership was accountable for 21 of these optimistic exams. 

Two unidentified Cardinals gamers examined optimistic for the coronavirus Friday, forcing St. Louis’ scheduled recreation in Milwaukee towards the Brewers to be postponed.

Manfred warned he may name off the season as quickly as Monday if the league’s case standing does not enhance.

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