Public Health Expert Explains Why MLB Should Probably Cancel Games Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred / Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred held a conference call with the 30 club owners to discuss how the league should proceed in the wake of the spread of the Coronavirus.

Per an official statement, MLB stated that it intends to play out the remaining Spring Training schedule, and that the regular season will proceed as previously planned, pending further national declarations from the White House.

The settlement was expectedly met with controversy, and Hannah Keyser of Yahoo! Sports reached out to a public health expert, and the resulting quotes prove that the league should seriously consider cancelling games.

That's truly about as transparent of an interpretation as we could've asked for.

Younger folks are said to be able to weather the virus so much so that they might not even realize they have it. That could lead to them toughing it out and attending games for which they already bought tickets, completely negligent of the fact that their contagious illness could easily spread to an elderly fan sitting nearby.

There's simply an endless chain reaction that MLB must take into account in its future consultations regarding cancelling games.