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Rob Manfred Warns MLBPA of Shutdown If COVID-19 Outbreaks Persist

The delayed and shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season amid the COVID-19 pandemic is only eight days old, but commissioner Rob Manfred is already threatening a shutdown following positive test results across numerous teams.

The report came via ESPN's Jeff Passan on Friday: "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association 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 familiar with the conversation told ESPN."

Two unnamed St. Louis Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, per Passan.