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Sport Rob Manfred clarifies stance on continuing MLB season

22:53  01 august  2020
22:53  01 august  2020 Source:   yardbarker.com

Rob Manfred Warns Players Union 2020 Season Could be Shut Down

  Rob Manfred Warns Players Union 2020 Season Could be Shut Down Rob Manfred warned the MLB Players Association the 2020 season could be shut down if the league doesn't manage the coronavirus better.MLB has seen a number of positive COVID-19 tests pop up since the season started last Thursday. The Miami Marlins have seen 18 players and two coaches test positive, while the St. Louis Cardinals reported two positive tests on Friday. On top of that, the Philadelphia Phillies are potentially facing an outbreak of their own after playing the Marlins over the weekend. So far the players have tested negative, but it can take several days for the virus to appear.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred warned Friday that the season could be halted if players are not more vigilant about health and safety protocols, but he clarified Saturday that, at least for now, it’s not in the cards.

Rob Manfred wearing a suit and tie: Rob Manfred is explaining his thoughts on possibly halting the season. © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Rob Manfred is explaining his thoughts on possibly halting the season.

Manfred told ESPN’s Karl Ravech that the players “need to be better,” but the situation remains “manageable” and teams will continue to play.

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The commissioner’s assertion comes in light of his warning to the MLBPA about the need to more strictly adhere to rules and regulations. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak among the Miami Marlins, Manfred essentially warned players that any further outbreaks of that magnitude would risk the season, but the league is not there yet.

The Marlins still do not have an estimated return date. The St. Louis Cardinals have also had multiple games postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the organization.

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Rob Manfred places blame on players for COVID issues, says season is on: 'I am not a quitter'

  Rob Manfred places blame on players for COVID issues, says season is on: 'I am not a quitter' ESPN's Karl Ravech spoke to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred this weekend, and shared a stunning quote to his Twitter account following the conversation. In the quote, Manfred appears to place blame on the players themselves for the rash of positive COVID-19 tests that have led…In the quote, Manfred appears to place blame on the players themselves for the rash of positive COVID-19 tests that have led to postponed games across the league, before defiantly doubling down on his commitment to keep the season going despite the positive tests.

Report: Doubleheaders could be shortened to seven innings .
MLB and the MLBPA are discussing a deal that would shorten the length of doubleheaders from nine to seven innings each game.Given recent disruptions in the schedule, some teams are looking at playing a handful of doubleheaders throughout the season to make up for lost time. Reducing the length of doubleheaders to seven innings would put less strain on pitchers and wouldn’t require as much roster preparation. Most importantly, during a pandemic, this would reduce the total amount of time players spend in enclosed areas like clubhouses where COVID-19 is more easily spread.

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