MLB Shutters Spring Training Sites After Positive Tests

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The ongoing baseball negotiations hit an outside impasse last week when players across the league began to test positive for COVID-19.

While MLB and the MLB players association debated salaries and how many games to play in 2020, the original foe returned when positive tests started to roll in. The Wall Street Journal reported that 11 players on 40-man rosters tested positive between June 5 and June 19. USA TODAY reported Sunday that 40 players and staff members tested positive last week.

The Philadelphia Phillies shut down their Clearwater, Fla., facility immediately Friday after five players and three employees tested positive. The rest of the league followed, as USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported Friday that “Major League Baseball will close all spring training sites in Arizona and Florida for deep cleaning and will not permit players or staff members until they pass a COVID-19 test.”

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