It seems as if there seems to be a serious contemplation of a potential end to the newly launched MLB 2020 campaign. Per Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, commissioner Rob Manfred informed MLBPA chief Tony Clark that the league could halt the campaign if recent problematic developments do not change.
While this can and still can become a contentious issue, it does not sound as if the message was intended as a threat. Passan labeled it, instead, as a “reality check” for the sport. Both the owners and the players obviously suffer financially if the season picks up.
The concern is now known. More than half of Marlins ’active roster went down with COVID-19 and the team is currently not playing. The Phillies are also on the ice since they recently played the Miami org. And now two members of the Cardinals have turned out positive.
It appears that the commissioner̵7;s office may contemplate a cancellation or a break as soon as Monday. The hope is that the Marlins-related outbreak will be maintained and that the Cards will no longer have positive tests. The worst case scenario would be that members of other organizations still come with infections.
There also seems to be a wider concern about the way players are behaving on and off the pitch – with some government officials evidently bringing issues to the league. Behavior that breaks the rules captured on cameras doesn’t look good, although in many cases it’s not especially risky for transmission. But it sounds as if league officials have identified high-risk actions taking place elsewhere in the ballpark and away from the same field.
There is a big fault to go around this situation. Player responsibility is an easy goal, and it may be timely in some cases, but there is much more to it. Travel creates obvious transmission opportunities, even for those who adhere strictly to protocols. And the Marlins-Phillies fiasco – in which the feeling of the informally assured player was allowed to lead decision-making – shows that there were shortcomings in leadership and planning from the highest levels of the world. championship.
Of course, the biggest factor in the difficulty of getting out of a season is not really in the control of Manfred, Clark, or any of those being paid to run. With tens of thousands of Americans testing positive every day, and many more sure coming down with countless infections, it’s really hard to keep the virus from infiltrating traveling baseball teams and / or the many people involved in -stop games.