All 30 teams across Major League Baseball agreed to each pledge $1 million for their respective club’s ballpark employees who are out of work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Tuesday.
On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred elected to postpone the start of the regular season eight weeks in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The decision left stadium workers in limbo, which prompted the teams to make the donations.
“Over the past 48 hours, I have been approached by representatives of all 30 clubs to help assist the thousands of ballpark employees affected by the delay in the start of the Major League Baseball season,” Manfred said in a statement. “Motivated by desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million. The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities.”
The Nationals also issued a statement explaining their donation.
The Nationals have established a $1 million fund to support our dedicated stadium staff in response to the delay of the 2020 season. pic.twitter.com/MXDwfbT1An— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 17, 2020
“Many of our stadium team members have been part of the Washington Nationals since the beginning. We know the decision to postpone the season was the correct one, but it would be wrong for that decision to disproportionately impact those individuals who rely on income from working games to help support their families.”
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after MLB and the players union pledged a $1 million joint-donation to assist emergency food services that support at-risk families and senior citizens.
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