MLB teams to help ballpark employees during coronavirus crisis


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TAMPA (WFLA) – Thank you, Major League Baseball!

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, “Each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams will commit $1 million to ballpark employees who would not have been paid due to the coronavirus crisis causing the postponement of the baseball season until at least mid-May.”

“Our gameday staff are the familiar faces that our fans know and love,” said Rays President Brian Auld. “They are part of the fabric of the ballpark experience at Tropicana Field, and they are an essential part of our operations. We are proud that all 30 Major League Baseball clubs have made this commitment to their gameday employees.”

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement to ESPN:

“The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities. The timing of these announcements will vary because of the need to coordinate with state and local laws as well as collective-bargaining obligations in an effort to maximize the benefits realized by each group of employees. I am proud that our clubs came together so quickly and uniformly to support these individuals who provide so much to the game we love.”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

Details on the implementation of this initiative are forthcoming, and will be communicated directly to gameday staff.


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