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Rob Manfred on MLB season: 'We are playing'

Sportsnaut logo Sportsnaut 8/1/2020 Vincent Frank, Sportsnaut
Rob Manfred holding a sign © Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to Players’ Union head Tony Clark and threatened to pull the plug on the 2020 season if players didn’t do a better job of following the COVID-19 protocols.

Manfred took some heat for his position and unwillingness to take his share of responsibility for MLB's current situation. One day later, the embattled commish is singing a different tune.

Owners held a call on Saturday, and in what seems to be a coordinated message, communicated their belief that the season should continue.

What does this all mean? The situation is tricky, and scheduling issues are growing more complex with every passing day. 

St. Louis had their game against the Milwaukee Brewers postponed on Friday. The hope was that they would be able to play a doubleheader with the Brewers on Sunday. That no longer appears to be likely as at least three additional members of the Cardinals’ organization tested positive on Saturday.

This development comes on the heels of over half of the Miami Marlins’ active roster testing positive for COVID-19. All said, 20% of MLB teams have seen games postponed during the first week-plus of games due to positive COVID-19 tests.

The commissioner, owners and majority of players still want to play, but any further outbreaks could very well put an end to this experiment.

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