April 20: The Reds, Marlins and Red Sox are also committing to paying baseball operations employees through the end of May, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter thread).
April 19, 9:20pm: The White Sox will also continue to pay employees through the least the end of May, 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine tweets.
2:57pm: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to announce on Monday a decision that will allow teams to furlough non-playing personnel or reduce their pay, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Beginning May 1, MLB will suspend its Uniform Employee Contracts, allowing—but not requiring—teams to take such measures. The decision will affect a group that includes managers, coaches, some front office personnel, and others.
It’s important to note that some teams have already declared their intent to pay employees through the end of May. Others may still follow suit, but the goal of these measures is that “clubs facing the most significant financial duress” will be afforded some flexibility during the season delay. So the extent to which teams will make use of these measures is unknown, but the length of the delay will likely impact teams’ thinking.
The Braves, Phillies, and Giants have already committed to paying their employees through at least May, and the hope is that many more teams will opt to do the same. Phillies owner John Middleton expressed his confidence that games will take place this year, rendering layoffs and budget cuts unnecessary. And while there’s little certainty about the timeframe for baseball’s return, we hope that other owners will feel similarly in the near future. Indeed, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted yesterday that “most teams” are expected to make similar commitments.
Trash can ‘operators’ are hopefully exempt from any potential interruption in pay
It’s sad that this far into this pandemic only the Braves/Phillies/Giants have enough class to take care of their employees even thru May. Shame on the other teams!
Just because they haven’t announced it publicly doesn’t mean they haven’t already decided to do so. Things change so quickly right now there is no need to make a public announcement, other than to pacify people looking for something to complain about
I’ll be surprised if any teams furlough their staff, at least until a decision is made to completely cancel the season which is unlikely
Excuses for billionaires!
just here for the comments
Absolutely, I mean, the rest of us all get paid while not doing our jobs Bc they closed due to this, right? Oh, wait….
Like the Red Sox and Yankees and numerous other teams?
Give it up dude.
People are dying
left and right.
Get your affairs in order.
Hate doesn’t play well at the pearly gates…..
There ain’t no hate at the pearly gate.
You should let that die until we actually have baseball again.
Manfred gets the opposite of rave reviews.
@cowboy, I don’t disagree with you about Manfred, but, he’s just a pawn for the owners. They hired him, and he does their bidding for them. The owners are behind his policies.
That’s why almost all commissioners are unpopular! The fan base wants them to just do what would be “best for the game” when in reality they work for the owners
he got rid of mlb message board. he is the worst!
Worst than human scum
Those team message boards were such a toxic place 90% of the time.
@goat. Don’t you just LOVE how you have 5 min to look over your post and if you don’t notice something you just have to live with it?
Even WORSE on the app where you have no room for error!
Huh..I was actually thinking about switching to the app in hope that it would be better. Guess I should just shelve that thought? =}
“Worst than human scum” sounds way cooler. Although I have read people use scum in comments, articles, etc. I don’t ever recall anyone actually using that word in real life…. Oh wait, I have heard a woman call a guy a “Scum Bag” once at a bar. Or was that in a movie & not real life ? Maybe in the Sopranos or something. Hmmm… Okay I don’t think I am going to smoke anymore weed tonight.
Fans, take note of which teams supported their “family” during this time. My guess is the A’s and the Pirates are gonna be cheap asses about it. I don’t understand how people can be a fan of the pirates without nostalgia. No offense to players or fans, but they have the worst owner in sports. I hope a passionate billionaire can buy him out.
You do realize the A’s owner is quite wealthy right?
he would say he is losing money from the team.
@ iceman. Cubsfan said they are cheap, not broke.
The Red Sox, Yanks and Dodgers will claim financial need from the Small Business Administration….so the guy working 3 jobs (and his wife 2) to send their kids to college will help defray the expense.
I’m actually pretty amazed they allowed for comments on this article. Nothing good or baseball related would result in the comments section, including mine.
Well of course billionaires shouldn’t be allowed to suffer like the rest of us…..
The owners don’t owe the players or employees a thing.
It’s nice that some owners/teams are choosing to help out the employees who have been hurt financially but it’s not their job or responsibility to do so.
End of the day it’s their money and they’re allowed to do with it what they please.
I thought 2020 would be a super cool year