MLB commissioner threatens to cancel baseball season

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

The Phillies canceled workouts Thursday after a coach and clubhouse attendant tested positive for COVID-19.

State and local governments have pressured baseball about players skirting the mandates outlined in the league's 113-page operations manual, sources told ESPN.

Television broadcasts have shown players not social distancing, not wearing masks, high-fiving and spitting.

Further, there is concern about off-the-field choices, with one high-ranking official saying: "There are some bad decisions being made".

The Cardinals' outbreak is one of two that have arisen in the past week, casting doubt on the sport's ability to contain the virus and safely navigate a 60-game regular season.

Multiple players believe the season could be shut down as early as Monday if positive tests continue through the weekend.

The Marlins saw as many as 18 people in their clubhouse (16 players and two staff members) infected with COVID-19, as the soft-lined health and safety protocols imposed by the league have done little to ease concerns of the pandemic while the season is underway. For the second straight day, that night's Cardinals-Brewers game was called off - the 16th game of this Major League Baseball season to be postponed - though at this point, a scheduled doubleheader for Sunday is still on. That included players going out at night and making trips to the hotel bar.

St. Louis last played in Minnesota on Wednesday against the Twins.

Most recently, the game between the Brewers and Cardinals was postponed after St. Louis had two positive tests, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The season kicked off July 23 with the New York Yankees against the Washington Nationals, the latter of whom were without Juan Soto. He tested positive for COVID-19 and has yet to make his season debut.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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