Sports | March 18, 2020 7:30 am

MLB Teams Donate $1 Million Each to Cover Lost Wages for Ballpark Workers

All 30 Major League Baseball teams will be pitching in to help workers

All 30 Major League Baseball teams will be pitching in to help workers
The MLB logo on batting practice balls. (Jill Weisleder/MLB Photos via Getty)
MLB Photos via Getty Images

To help the thousands of seasonal ballpark employees who only take home paychecks when games are being played, MLB’s 30 teams are each donating $1 million to cover the lost wages.

“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,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Motivated by a 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 move comes after players and teams in the NBA have made similar commitments to help arena workers, albeit at amounts that are well under $1 million.

On Monday, MLB and the MLB Players Association teamed up to make a combined $1 million donation to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America to help feed individuals and families who are struggling to eat in the wake of the pandemic.

Already postponed until mid-April, MLB announced Monday that the start of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back even further following Sunday’s recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At this point, MLB has declined to name an alternative date for Opening Day.

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