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Sports Manfred confident MLB can get through playoffs despite virus

10:51  02 august  2020
10:51  02 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

Manfred: 'I absolutely see a path back for the Cardinals' in 2020

  Manfred: 'I absolutely see a path back for the Cardinals' in 2020 The St. Louis Cardinals haven't played a game since July 29 and it's unclear when they'll next be able to take the field. However, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is confident the team will be able to return, even if a full 60-game schedule isn't in the cards. "I absolutely see a path back for the Cardinals," Manfred said, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "That is dependent on getting enough days with no positives that we're comfortable that we don't have any contagion risk. But 100% I see a path back.

NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and post-season without being MLB said the changes were due to additional testing and monitoring of the Cardinals. MLB -mandated monitors have been accompanying teams on

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by MLB -mandated monitors have been accompanying teams on the road since Wednesday in an effort to cause stricter adherence to the protocols.

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NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and post-season without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every club might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.

During an interview Saturday with The Associated Press, Manfred said Major League Baseball knows which player introduced COVID-19 into the clubhouse of the Miami Marlins. Miami and Philadelphia both postponed games for an entire week.

Manfred: MLB's protocols still working despite outbreaks

  Manfred: MLB's protocols still working despite outbreaks COVID-19 outbreaks on two teams have upended Major League Baseball's season, but commissioner Rob Manfred still believes the league's safety protocols are working overall. "I think the vast majority of our players have done a really good job adhering to what are difficult protocols," Manfred told ESPN's Jesse Rogers. "They're contrary to the way people normally live their lives. "Relatively small deviations from the protocols can cause serious problems. That's a reality. ... Any individual act, you say, 'Wow, not a big deal,' but those individual acts can cause problems.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by MLB -mandated monitors have been accompanying teams on the road since Wednesday in an effort to cause stricter adherence to the protocols.

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every team might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.

“I think that if everybody does what they are supposed to do, we can continue to play, have a credible season and get through the post-season,” Manfred said.

Just 1 1/2 weeks into a pandemic-delayed regular season shortened from 162 games per team to 60, the coronavirus has forced 19 postponements in 11 days, including St. Louis' three-game weekend series at Milwaukee.

The virus also prompted at least two more players to opt out Saturday: Brewers All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain and Miami second baseman Isan Díaz.

At least 18 Marlins players have been infected along with three St. Louis Cardinals. One St. Louis player has an inconclusive test.

Manfred had what he said was a constructive conversation Friday with union head Tony Clark, and expects stepped-up efforts by players and teams to adhere to special virus protocols put in place by MLB and the players’ association.

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.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped MLB said the changes were due to additional testing and monitoring of the Cardinals. MLB -mandated monitors have been accompanying teams on the

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every team might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.

“It is what the public health experts have been saying from the beginning about this, that there is no one big magic fix,” Manfred said.

“The protocols are a series of little things that people need to do. We’ve had some problems. In order to be better, it’s another series of little things. I think it’s peer pressure. I think it’s players taking personal responsibility. I think it’s the union helping us like Tony Clark helped us yesterday. And I think it’s us managing more aggressively," he said.

Still, he does expect more issues.

“I don’t think it’s realistic to think that we’re not going to have any more positive tests,” Manfred said. “We're going to be fluid. We think it’s manageable."

Boston said left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.

Fauci says Marlins’ virus outbreak could endanger MLB season

  Fauci says Marlins’ virus outbreak could endanger MLB season MIAMI — The Miami Marlins' coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, although he doesn't believe games needs to stop now. More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19, stranding the team in Philadelphia and raising anew questions about MLB's attempts to conduct a season. “This could put it in danger,” said Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. "I don’t believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis.” Fauci made his comments on ABC's “Good Morning America.

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason MLB -mandated monitors have been accompanying teams on the road since Wednesday in an effort to cause stricter adherence to the protocols.

NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every team might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.

Miami, which last played July 26 at Philadelphia, was set to resume its schedule Tuesday at Baltimore. The Phillies are due back Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Toronto missed its weekend series against the Phillies. Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker was against a bubble-environment such as the NBA and MLS are using and understood Manfred’s urging of stricter adherence.

“I don’t take Rob’s comments as a personal attack at all because I know we are doing better and some teams might not be, so hopefully they do better,” Shoemaker said. “If guys are going out to clubs or bars that is irresponsible to say the least, if that’s what happened. We have guys not doing that which is great from a team standpoint. We want to play baseball.”

The entire Cardinals-Brewers series at Miller Park was scrapped. After two St. Louis players tested positive, the whole Cardinals team was given rapids tests Friday and saliva samples were sent to an MLB laboratory.

St. Louis will play four games at Detroit from Tuesday through Thursday, including a doubleheader Wednesday, rather than two games at Comerica Park followed by two at Busch Stadium.

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.

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred vowed Saturday the season would continue even as MLB announced Saturday that the Marlins will resume play Tuesday at Baltimore and the Phillies will play Manfred confident MLB can get through playoffs despite virus . The Associated Press.

“We feel confident by the time we get to Detroit on Monday, that we will have control of this," Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. “The thinking was that we’re flying there and it just didn’t make sense to just then fly back and be on a plane again."

MLB-mandated monitors have been accompanying teams on the road since Wednesday in an effort to cause stricter adherence to the protocols.

“I think it’s a top-down thing,” Yankees pitcher James Paxton said. “I think that if your leadership is showing how important it is and you’ve got the front office like we have here taking it very seriously, I think that then that’ll trickle down to the players taking it seriously.”

Given all the schedule changes, MLB is considering whether active rosters should remain at 30 rather than decrease to 28 on Thursday, as scheduled. No decision has been made.

“This is kind of a day-to-day thing right now,” Manfred said. “You’ve just got to get up in the morning and figure out a way to keep going through another day to stay safe for people.”

There’s a chance not all teams will be able to get in 60 regular-season games.

“We’ve got to be flexible on that,” Manfred said. “Look, this is one of the reasons that we revisited the issue off the expanded playoffs. If it turns out that some guys play 60, some guys play 58, they have this new thing called winning percentage. We can sort that out.”

AP source: Cards-Brewers off; 4 more St. Louis positives

  AP source: Cards-Brewers off; 4 more St. Louis positives The Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee on Saturday was postponed after one more player and three staff members with St. Louis tested positive for the coronavirus, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The Miami Marlins received no new positive results in their latest round of coronavirus testing, a different person familiar with that situation said, but second baseman Isan Diaz opted out of the season. The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, said they had no new positives from tests a day before. Players were permitted to access Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning in the afternoon.

In another rule change that started this weekend, all doubleheaders for the rest of the season will have a pair of seven-inning games rather than nine-inning contests. The first twinbill under the 2020 change will be between Cincinnati and Detroit at Comerica Park on Sunday following a rainout on Saturday.

“Doubleheaders were problematic from a health perspective from the very beginning of our planning. That’s why we were reluctant to get into scheduling a bunch of doubleheaders just to play more games,” Manfred said.

“It’s just too long together and extended periods inside a clubhouse. As we’ve had to move to rescheduling and been forced into some doubleheaders, I think the reality just became that we should do everything we can to shorten those days up from a health perspective," he said.

MLB said no Phillies players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week and while three staff members have tested positive, it appeared two were attributable to false positives and the third, based on the timing of the positive test, may not have contracted COVID-19 from the Marlins. The Phillies were permitted to access Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning Saturday.

“There’s risk in everything we do,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “I know that we’ve done a -- knock on wood -- a really good job of controlling our atmosphere here. And I think it’s important that everyone does that. You can’t slip up, you can’t make a bad decision because it can really cost your organization the game of baseball and everything.”

Report: MLB can suspend players guilty of electronically stealing signs

  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.

MLB rescheduled the postponed Phillies-Yankees games of this week for next week, in New York on Monday and Tuesday and in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday. New York’s game at Tampa Bay on Thursday was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 8.

“What the virus has taught us is this is a day-by-day, week-by-week situation that we live in,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Miami will play a four-game series in Baltimore from Tuesday through Thursday, with one game a doubleheader. The Marlins will be the home team for two games.

MLB said it will reschedule the missed Yankees-Orioles game and Marlins-Phillies series. In addition, Manfred says players and coaches should take advantage of the open seats in the stands near the dugouts and bullpens in order to spread out.

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AP Sports Writers Jay Cohen, Rob Gillies, Rob Maaddi, Steve Megargee, Jake Seiner and Steven Wine contributed to this report.

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Ronald Blum, The Associated Press


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Column: Virus extends its winning streak in baseball .
For a day or two, it seemed like it might actually work. Baseball was back and, even if some of the familiar sights of summer were missing, there were actual players with bats and balls along with the cute cardboard cutouts of babies and dogs in the stands. But there’s nothing cute about the coronavirus. And nothing good about baseball’s botched response to the first crisis of its strangest season ever. The Marlins are done, or at least they should be. There’s no way a team ravaged by the virus can even try to carry on, even if you accept the idea that 29 other teams should continue to chase a World Series title that means less with every positive test.

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