Major League Baseball just announced that all 30 teams in baseball have agreed to pledge $1,000,000 (per team) to help cover the last wages of ballpark employees who are now out of that work with the postponement of the regular season. From ESPN’s Jeff Passan:
Motivated by desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each club has committed $1 million,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement given 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.
There are a lot of details that we don’t know yet. Some that immediately came into my head, and once that I do not have any answers for at this moment in time:
- Who counts as a ballpark employee? Does everyone who works at the ballpark in a non-baseball capacity qualify here? Are any of the workers/vendors hired by third parties/contracted? Do they qualify for this?
- How many people fall into this category? $1,000,000 goes a lot further if the number is 250 people instead of 1,000 people.
I also feel the need to be sure that I’m noting here that I am not complaining about the teams stepping up to help out. But I also don’t have answers at all to the question of how much this is going to help, or how many people it will apply to. Those are important questions. The answer will probably vary by team, too, as they likely have different numbers of people that work there.