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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: Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak not a 'nightmare situation'

  Rob Manfred: Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak not a 'nightmare situation' It’s hard to call this anything but a terrible outcome for MLB, whose season just kicked off and looks less certain than ever to finish, but Manfred’s taking an optimistic approach for the time being. He insisted (via Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald) that this is not “a nightmare situation” for the sport.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.

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.

Juan Soto cleared to return following negative coronavirus tests

  Juan Soto cleared to return following negative coronavirus tests Soto tested positive for the coronavirus on Opening Day, and he has had several negative tests since. He was reportedly frustrated with the league’s testing process.Soto has tested negative for COVID-19 enough times for Major League Baseball to give him the green light, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

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.

MLB, MLBPA reportedly considering further rules changes for 2020

  MLB, MLBPA reportedly considering further rules changes for 2020 It appears that the recent run of COVID-19 infections within the Marlins organization has prompted further contemplation of rules changes. The MLB Players Association has reached out to its members to gauge their sentiment regarding a few potential tweaks, per Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic. © Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports The 30-man roster currently is in effect for first 2 weeks of the season. The proposed changes, if enacted, would be in place for the 2020 season. Right now, the 2 matters are only under discussion. No firm decisions made by the union or MLB. https://t.

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'A lot of anger' within MLB toward Marlins? .
MLB’s internal investigation found that Marlins players failed to strictly adhere to safety protocols during their road trip to Atlanta just prior to the start of the season. That included players going out at night and making trips to the hotel bar.ESPN’s Marly Rivera added that there is “a lot of anger” among fellow players directed toward the Marlins. Players are frustrated that even though many players are being serious about trying to stay safe, the carelessness of Miami’s players had led to postponed games and major issues within the sport.

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