MLB rumors: Commissioner Rob Manfred warns MLBPA of potential shutdown


After just one week of baseball, the abbreviated 2020 MLB season already could be in jeopardy.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has informed MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark that the season could be shut down if teams don’t do a better job mitigating the spread of coronavirus, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported, citing sources, on Friday.

BREAKING: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season, sources tell ESPN.

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— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2020

The conversation between Manfred and Clark was not a threat but a reality check that was relayed to players — and has spread quickly among them: We — all of us — need to clean this up, because if we don’t, Major League Baseball in 2020 is going to be over.

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