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Rob Manfred Says MLB Season Won't Shut Down Amid COVID-19 Outbreak: 'It Is Manageable'

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the 2020 season will not shut down amid the league's COVID-19 outbreak.

"We are playing," Manfred told ESPN's Karl Ravech. "The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable."

The commissioner backtracked from his earlier stance on the outbreak. On Friday, Manfred reportedly told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark that if the sport didn't improve its handling of the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season.