Major League Baseball investigation says Marlins players went out, visited bars before coronavirus outbreak

Rob Manfred Reportedly Threatening To Shut Down MLB Season Over COVID Cases

Meanwhile, commissioner Rob Manfred has warned the players union that the season could be shut down as soon as Friday if players don't do a better job following league protocols - from the more egregious things like going out to bars, to on-the-field no-nos like high-fives and spitting.

The Cardinals and Brewers still hoped to play Saturday night, and to make up Friday's game with a pair of seven-inning games Sunday under a newly approved Major League Baseball plan for doubleheaders.

The Miami Marlins were the first to suffer an outbreak among their team and Major League Baseball has since shut down the club for a week, meaning they will need to make up seven games during an already-truncated 60-game season that began just last Thursday. The Miami Herald reported Friday that the team is putting the infected players on buses that will take them from Philadelphia, where they have been quarantining, back to Miami.

Manfred and Clark talked about what needs to be done to finish the season, a person familiar with the conversation said. Their games have been postponed through this Sunday. ESPN's Keith Olbermann was the first to report the news.

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"We are playing", Manfred told Ravech.

The latest game postponed was Milwaukee's home opener against St. Louis, scrapped hours before the first pitch after two Cardinals players tested positive. While other leagues are tightly restricting the movements and contacts of their players and staff, MLB has basically said, "You be careful out there!". The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees have also needed to change their schedules as part of the collateral damage.

Marlins players left their hotel to go out at night while in Atlanta on July 21 and 22, Miller reports. The Marlins were hit with a virus outbreak in Philadelphia, and both Miami and the Phillies are sidelined for at least a week.

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