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Sports Manfred committed to season amid COVID-19 surge: 'Players need to be better'

23:45  01 august  2020
23:45  01 august  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Report: Manfred threatens shutdown if teams don't follow COVID-19 rules

  Report: Manfred threatens shutdown if teams don't follow COVID-19 rules Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is already warning MLBPA executive director Tony Clark of a potential season shutdown after just over one week of games, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Manfred told Clark the season could be canceled if players and staff don't better follow COVID-19 protocols. Government officials are concerned by the lack of attention players are paying to the rules outlined in the return-to-play manual, Passan adds. Broadcasts have often shown players high-fiving and not wearing masks inside the dugout.One high-ranking official said "there are some bad decisions being made," according to Passan.

Rob Manfred in a suit standing in front of a sign © Alex Trautwig / Major League Baseball / Getty

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred isn't ready to give up on the 2020 season just yet.

Even amid a COVID-19 outbreak that's reportedly affected 20 people within the Miami Marlins organization and as multiple St. Louis Cardinals players test positive, Manfred remains committed to pushing through.

"We are playing," Manfred said, according to Karl Ravech of ESPN. "The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable."

Manfred: Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak not a 'nightmare' scenario

  Manfred: Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak not a 'nightmare' scenario Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred remains confident the 2020 season can proceed despite the Miami Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak. Thirteen members of the Marlins organization tested positive over the weekend. The Marlins played the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday despite learning of the positive results before the game. Two games scheduled for Monday - a contest in Philadelphia between the Phillies and the New York Yankees, and a tilt between the Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles in Miami - have been postponed as a result.

Team owners reportedly held a conference call Friday and are similarly hopeful the season can be completed in some form or another.

The Marlins haven't played since their July 26 contest in Philadelphia. The Phillies haven't played since then, either, a development that's sent ripples across the schedule and caused postponements for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals.

Several Marlins players reportedly failed to follow MLB's health and safety protocols during a preseason road trip to Atlanta, leaving the team hotel to go out at night on July 21 and 22.

Price: MLB isn't putting players' health 1st

  Price: MLB isn't putting players' health 1st Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander David Price wants to know how Major League Baseball will respond after a COVID-19 outbreak infected more than a dozen Miami Marlins players and coaches over the weekend. The hurler opted out of the 2020 campaign on July 4 because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. He tweeted Monday after MLB postponed two games because of the Marlins' outbreak: Now we REALLY get to see if MLB is going to put players health first. Remember when Manfred said players health was PARAMOUNT?! Part of the reason I’m at home right now is because players health wasn’t being put first. I can see that hasn’t changed.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, reportedly had six individuals within their 58-person travel group test positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday morning. The team confirmed Friday at least two players tested positive.

Two of the Cardinals' games against the Milwaukee Brewers have been postponed so far, while Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has elected to opt out of the rest of the season. Sunday's planned doubleheader remains on the schedule.

For now, the schedule remains fluid, and they made many changes on Saturday. The Marlins are set to return to action on Tuesday against the Orioles in Baltimore, while the Phillies will open a series Monday against the Yankees.

Manfred's words did not go unnoticed by major-league players. Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer and Brewers left-hander Brett Anderson took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter:

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