Sounds like there is serious consideration of a potential end to the newly launched MLB campaign 2020. Per Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, EU Commissioner Rob Manfred informed MLBPA chief Tony Clark that the league could halt the campaign if the troubled recent development.
While this may and may become a contentious issue, it does not sound as if the message is intended as a threat. Passan puts it on the label as a “reality check” for the sport. Both the owners and the players would obviously suffer financially if the season was penalized.
The worries are well known so far. More than half of Marlins’ active roster went down with COVID-19 and the team is not playing at the moment. The Phillips are also on ice, as they recently played the organ in Miami. And now two members of the cardinals have tested positive.
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There also seems to be more concern about the way players behave on and off the field – with some government officials apparently passing on problems to the league. Camera behavior recorded by cameras does not look good, although in many cases it is not particularly risky to transmit. But it sounds as if league officials have identified high-risk actions happening elsewhere on and off the field.
There is enough guilt to circumvent this situation. Player responsibility is an easy target and can be played in some cases, but there is much more to it. The trip creates obvious opportunities for transmission, even for those who strictly follow the protocols. And the Marlins-Phyllis fiasco – in which unofficially established player sentiment was inexplicably allowed to drive decision-making – shows that there have been leadership and planning failures from the highest levels of the league down.
Of course, the biggest factor in the difficulty of pulling out a season isn’t actually in the control of Manfred, Clark, or any of those paid to lead. With tens of thousands of Americans testing positive every day and much more likely to face countless infections, it’s terribly difficult to prevent the virus from invading traveling baseball teams and / or many people involved in organizing games.