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Rob Manfred says MLB could cancel season if coronavirus does not pass

MLB would "have to accept that as a reality" if health experts did not deem the coronavirus pandemic contained enough for the baseball season to start, commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday night.

"I think that if in fact the situation with respect to the virus is such that it's not safe to resume play," Manfred told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on "Sportscenter" on Wednesday night, "whether it's in alternate sites, empty stadiums, whatever it is, we have to accept that as a reality. It would be a tremendous hardship (to cancel the season). It would be a hardship for our fans, it'd be a hardship for our players and, frankly, it'd be a huge economic hardship for our owners.