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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.
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'saffected 20 people within the organization and as multiple players , Manfred remains committed to pushing through.
"We are playing," Manfred said, according to. "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
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.
There was an MLB owners call yesterday about the Covid crisis, and there’s a strong commitment from Manfred (and owners) to keeping health the priority but also to make this season work — and to play as close to 60 games as possible. To sum up, plug isn’t about to be pulled.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman)
The Marlins haven't played since their July 26 contest in Philadelphia. Thehaven't played since then, either, a development that's sent ripples across the schedule and caused postponements for the , , and .
Several Marlins playersfailed 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
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,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 thehave been postponed so far, while Brewers outfielder has elected to of the rest of the season. Sunday's planned doubleheader remains on the schedule.
For now, the schedule remains fluid, and they madeon 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 starterand Brewers left-hander took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter:
1) take no risk yourself
Report: MLB can suspend players guilty of electronically stealing signs
Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have agreed that players who steal signs electronically can be suspended without pay and service time, according to Evan Drellich of The Athletic. The league has reportedly hired an independent security firm to monitor video-room entrances. Additionally, signs are expected to be edited from footage used by players during games by the 2021 season. While commissioner Rob Manfred will have the power to implement these suspensions, the union will maintain the ability to appeal said decisions. There is no set length or severity for the punishments, and precedents are expected to develop over time.
2) blame everything on the players
3) protect tv revenue at all costs
If anyone thought the season would be cancelled when MLB has their dream scenario in place (games????????, player cost????????, post season games????????, tv revenue????????), you crazy.— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage)
Rob’s not a quitter so everything’s ok...cool— Brett Anderson (@_BAnderson30_)
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Miami Marlins season on pause after coronavirus outbreak: What we know now .
The latest updates: 17 players and staff have tested positive, games postponed through Sunday, other MLB teams also impacted.Here's a recap of events and what we know about the COVID-19 outbreak within the league: