New York (Jul), Jul 31 (EFE) .- Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred warned on Friday the executive director of the Players Association, Tony Clark, that if it is not possible to better manage the coronavirus problem, the regular season to be suspended.
The above was said by several sources close to the league, who found out about the conversation.
They add that the dialogue said that both the league and the players recognize that the next few days are key after an outbreak was registered within the Miami Marlins, leaving 21 members of the organization testing positive for the coronavirus.
Two positive tests by St. Louis Cardinals players on Friday exacerbated concerns within the sport about the presence of the coronavirus and about whether the jointly agreed protocols are being followed properly to prevent outbreaks similar to those in Miami.
If another outbreak materializes, Manfred, who has the power to end the season, could make that decision.
Several players informed about the call fear that the season will end on Monday if more positive tests are given or if the players continue to not strictly abide by league protocols.
Social networks that broadcast major league games have been alerted to look for possible alternative programming after this weekend in case the league is suspended. the sources said.
Likewise, it became known that state and local governments have put pressure on baseball for players who evade the mandates outlined in the league’s 113-page operations manual.
Broadcasts that have shown players are clasping hands, spitting and wearing no masks have left government officials wondering how serious the players are taking the protocols, sources said.
There is also concern about off-field options, with a senior official saying “Some bad decisions are being made.”
The Cardinals’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed on Friday and rescheduled for a doubleheader on Sunday.
Previously, the Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, who played most recently against Miami on Sunday, had missed scheduled games.
Meanwhile, the majors and the association jointly released the results of the coronavirus tests until Thursday.
The results indicate that of the 11,895 samples taken during the past week, there were 29 positive tests: 20 by players and nine by staff members.
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