Major League Baseball creates $30m fund to assist ballpark workers

Major League Baseball creates $30m fund to assist ballpark workers

Major League Baseball creates $30m fund to assist ballpark workers

Each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams has pledged $1 million to compensate ballpark employees who stood to lose wages due to postponements caused by the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday.

According to Major League Baseball, each team will be making their own announcement regarding their $1 million donation. With MLB choosing to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control's recent recommendation that all organized gatherings of 50 or more people be canceled for at least eight weeks, thousands of ballpark employees around the league came to realize their services won't be needed until at least mid-May, if not later.

Houston ace Justin Verlander had surgery on his right groin and is expected to be out about six weeks, which could make him available for the delayed opening day. A Cincinnati Reds player has also attempted to raise money for stadium staff in the form of a "sandlot" game among players.

Spring training camps have been closed.

The MLB statement also said, "The commitment of the clubs is to play as many baseball games in 2020 as we can, consistent with the safety of our players and fans".

Whether the Cardinals come out of this delay with a competitive advantage will also be hard to judge ahead of games being played.

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The 17-year-old right-hander from Cuba was signed by the Yankees in 2018 and pitched 12 games for the Yankees' Gulf Coast League team last season. When play resumed in 1995, teams played 144 games.

The Brewers have not made an announcement at this time.

Though numerous individual teams, ownership groups, and players have also pledged to help employees who work in and around games that are now on hold, MLB's effort, totaling $30m, represents on of the largest and most coordinated efforts to date within the U.S. sports industry.

More details regarding how and when the funds will be available are forthcoming on a team-by-team basis, league officials said.

Manfred and Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA, are negotiating when players on the 40-man roster can start being paid.

Despite the unprecedented change to the calendar, Manfred hopes the Major League Baseball can play the entire 162-game schedule.

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