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MLB blames Marlins for causing a COVID-19 outbreak debacle, potential shutdown

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association director Tony Clark on Friday that the 2020 season is likely to be canceled if players disobey COVID-19 prevention protocols, ESPN reports.

Manfred conveyed his message along with the conclusions of an MLB investigation blaming the Marlins for being irresponsible and going out in public between games. At least 18 Miami players and two coaches tested positive for the corona virus in the past week, leading to the postponement of matches in the league.

Marlins players reportedly went out on their recent Atlanta road trip and gathered at their hotel bar, sparking anger from their peers around MLB.

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There have been 29 positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff members in the past week a joint MLB-MLBPA release. While that represents 0.2 percent of all tests, it still threatens the continuation of the season. The statement failed to distinguish the marlins due to privacy rules, but it was noted that one club was responsible for 21 of those positive tests.

Two unidentified Cardinals players tested positive for the corona virus on Friday, delaying the scheduled St. Louis game in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

Manfred warned that he can cancel the season as soon as Monday if the league’s status doesn’t improve.

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