Major League Baseball teams are preparing for major changes to their operations beginning at the start of June. Most had previously committed to paying employees in full through the end of May.
The Marlins are preparing to furlough approximately two of every five members of their operations department, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). It’s not clear precisely which employees will be impacted. The Marlins are still committing to continuing health benefits through October.
Per Rosenthal, quite a few other teams around the game are also preparing for modifications at the start of the new month. Every organization is free to handle its own internal staffing decisions as it sees fit. Commissioner Rob Manfred previously gave authorization to suspend the basic agreements of salaried employees.
The Mariners are also planning cuts, but will be taking a different approach. Per The Athletic’s Corey Brock, the Seattle organization is planning a twenty percent paycut for employees whose salaries check in at or above the $60K level. The hope there is to avoid taking anyone off the books entirely.
Even as MLB negotiates player salaries and other matters in advance of a hopeful resumption of play in 2020, all involved understand that revenue will fall well shy of original expectations. There’s no real hope of playing before spectators this year and it still remains to be seen just what’ll be possible even for television-only games.
I believe they will have spectators this year, just not sure what that will entail. If theme parks are going to open, then fans can be in the stands.
If you’re in a state with a Dem governor, you’re not having fans.
Smokin Joe Charboneau
Color me naive; I never expected such a political divide over lockdowns. i still don’t understand why some people want to be involuntary locked down for the foreseeable future.
Your naive… ‘Merica, home of “hooray for me and **** you!”
People want to wait until the infection rate goes down, which it’s not doing. Even Trump’s people said to wait until infections went below a certain rate, but things are opening anyway, slowly.
Players will get paid, period. Other unions and employees, etc. can take a hike until the players get their money. Collateral damage isn’t even a thought. Been that way for half a century….
I agree. Owners should pocket the hundreds of millions they’ll get in TV contracts and advertising, pay players pennies on the dollar “for the betterment of society” and throw some crumbs to the beer vendors, security guards, and clubhouse managers.
Players are no more a victim in this than the owners. Both sides will be okay during this crisis. Middle class and lower is a different story.
Who said players were victims? They agreed to the terms of their salaries in March and now the owners are trying to void the agreement. It’s not victimhood, it’s just the reality of the agreement, and now players will be expected to stick to the original agreement until the owners concede the terms had been agreed on in good faith.
If this doesn’t happen, it could take months to settle franchise financials during audits before the PA agrees to a new set of terms.
TV ratings are going to be through the roof this summer. What else can people do?
Smokin Joe Charboneau
Complain about people going out to eat or walking their dog on a beach? For some, it seems to be entertainment.
I bet some of those complainers will be about loved ones dying from Covid 19 because others decided that lives are less important than being able to go to the beach.
Salary you are a true hero. Sleep well tonight your sanctimonious virtue signaling is done for the day.
Huh..I thought being concerned for people’s lives was just being..human.
Yikes! In Salary’s mind lecturing total strangers over nothing on internet comment sections = caring about human life. You can’t even make this stuff up. Delusional party of 1 your table is ready.
The WHO or the CDC doesnt think it’s nothing. Guess this is your personal way to not have to deal with the responsibilities of your actions. Glad you have all this sarcasm and ignorance to hide behind. Wouldn’t want high handed issues like ethics and just being a desent human being get in your way.
SanFran under 60y/o = 765,000 residents and 3 deaths. More people than that die on the SF streets each day from fetanyl or gunshot.
SF over 60y/o = 165,000 residents and 31 deaths. It’s reported that more elderly will die prematurely from missed medical treatments for other ailments.
Everyday I look how mankind has evolved over time. Seems that a lot of it is good, but some of the evolution is not so good. For many great ways we have evolved as humans, we also have bad ones, like the evolution of stupidity.
I’m still amazed how people find entertainment to be more important than people’s lives. Maybe Mother Nature knows that and figures out it’s a good way to improve our species by wiping out the idiots who will expose themselves to something needless just because they want to be entertained.
My actions? Things certainly become easy when you just make up what you like. Please do better.
you could do better than be a selfish dimwit, but no one’s holding their breath.
San Francisco probably closed things up more quickly than other places.
This seems like a sad statement to me. The only thing people can find to do is watch sports, Baseball? Even in shutdown, quarantine there are things to do.
@twinsfan. Yes, your actions, because you haven’t SAID anything. The science is readily available to see the harm you cause others in not listening to medical recommendations but you don’t care about that.
Not even sure what you are talking about anymore. You incels certainly are an interesting group! God speed on your quest to police internet comment sections.
If you think this conversation is about internet policing than you haven’t been following along. But hey, when people disagree with you and then express that, it must be internet policing. You’re one of those guys who if you are disagreed with you start crying about how people aren’t letting you have an opinion, aren’t you?
But then, you don’t know what I’m talking about anymore so I guess I can always hope your inability to follow arguments is what’s making you sound like you are incapable of compassion for others.
And the owners’ standard of living will not suffer in any way shape or form.
True, while some players may be deeply affected by a cancellation – the ones that, puzzlingly, are living paycheck to paycheck.
I wish Elon Musk owned a team 😉
If a player is living paycheck to paycheck, he deserves to go broke for being an idiot.
Give all of us the league minimum, and we are living well for however long this all takes to pass.
A player that has been in the minor leagues and gets called up and sent down after pitching in one game at a time, then gets released or DFA’d can certainly be living paycheck to paycheck, especially if they have a wife and kids to support. Not to mention a lot of guys leave baseball after six years in the minor leagues and a few months in the big leagues to enter a workforce they are six to seven years behind.
Baseball is not a glamorous life but for a few.
They also had a chance for a college scholarship and hopefully they took advantage of that which certainly helps them in entering workforce.
If other things are shut down, maybe they wouldn’t find it any easier than anyone else to get work. It’s amazing how easy some people seem to think everything is.
Yeah, well some of Elon Musk’s employees are vulnerable to Covid-19, or have family members who are, yet they’re being forced to go back to work. If they don’t, they can’t get unemployment because they refused work. There was a story about one woman whose son might die if he gets Covid. If there was some kind of help for people who have health conditions or have family members with health conditions, it’d be different.