Rob Manfred reportedly warns MLBPA that MLB could face 2020 shutdown

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98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

The 2020 MLB season is hanging on by a thread, and everybody knows it.

So much so that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has warned Tony Clark and the MLBPA that the league may have to shut the 2020 season down if things don't get better, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

This update comes on the heels of the Marlins' outbreak pausing their season through the weekend at least, with the Phillies going through an outbreak of their own, and with Friday's Brewers-Cardinals game postponed as a result of a positive test. In all, the league has had eight teams affected by the coronavirus, and the season is hardly a week old.

It's just not sustainable if these 60-game season and postseason race is going to make it to the finish line.

From Passan's story:

Should another outbreak materialize, Manfred, who has the power to shut down the season, could move in that direction. Multiple players briefed on the call fear the season could be shut down as soon as Monday if positive tests jump or if players continue not to strictly abide by the league's protocols.

Passan also noted that one high-ranking official said that some players "making bad decisions."

This is pretty much the last thing baseball fans want to hear right now, and is showing the flaws that come with trying to play professional sports in a non-bubble setting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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