The latest outbreak of the coronavirus has made its way to MLB, as dozens of players and staff members throughout the league have tested positive for the disease while readying for a return to action.
Given the contagious nature of COVID-19, it's reasonable to assume that the number of positive tests will continue to rise in the coming months. This has forced fans to question what would happen to the 2020 season if a club was so ransacked by the virus that it couldn't field a competitive team.
Do you believe him?
The new particulars of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the players association state that Manfred has the power to terminate the season if "the number of players who are unavailable to perform services due to COVID-19 is so great that the competitive integrity of the season is undermined."
This obviously begs the question -- what is the all-important percentage or number of positive tests that would prompt Manfred to take action? Per SNY insider Andy Martino, the league has opted against tying itself to one predetermined number.
The new terms of the March agreement are reportedly nothing more than a "failsafe" in the case that multiple clubs are unable to field a starting lineup. In other words, Manfred and Co. are fully prepared to play it by ear.
In many ways, that's how the NBA has approached its restart operation, and most would agree that commish Adam Silver has handled things swimmingly.
We'd still prefer if Manfred provided more specifics, but it's probably better for him and the sport if he doesn't set any prearranged figures that would result in the cancellation of the 2020 season, in case he decides to backtrack on them for monetary reasons.