In a joint announcement, MLB teams revealed their plans to each contribute $1 million to pay for team employees impacted by the league-wide shutdown.
Statement from Manfred says MLB will commit $1M per team “to hep some of the most valuable members of the baseball community.” So a fund to help workers hurt by absence of baseball— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 17, 2020
MLB’s initial plan for an April 9 Opening Day is no longer happening, with a more realistic start date somewhere in late May or even into June or July. As a result, many of the employees who work to keep stadiums up and running will be jobless and likely unable to find temporary work elsewhere as states slowly clamp down on movement to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.
As of right now, the $30 million being contributed by teams is not going to minor-leaguers, but there is talk that a way to pay them is coming soon. The Dodgers, Red Sox, Marlins, and Padres have at least pledged to pay the small stipends minor leaguers are given for spring training but there is no league-wide commitment yet.