Each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams has pledged $1 million to compensate ballpark employees who stood to lose wages due to postponements caused by the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday.
A lot of Major League Baseball teams play in climates in which year-round play is possible, from all the teams in the South (the Astros, the Padres, the Dodgers, etc.) and even teams closer to the Canadian border with movable roofs, like the Brewers and Mariners.
The MLB on Monday again announced the postponing of the opening of new season - for another two weeks, because of the spread of COVID-19.
Spring training sites will remain open with a skeleton crew where players can work out rather than heading to a public gym, but no "organized activities" will be held, Manfred said. The Twins played 113 games in 1994 before a strike ended the season August 11.
The team is following health officials' directives, and the Yankees have quarantined their minor league players.
Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday, a day after pushing back opening day to mid-May at the earliest.
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The MLB statement also said, "The commitment of the clubs is to play as many baseball games in 2020 as we can, consistent with the safety of our players and fans".
Details on how funds will be distributed will be available on a team-by-team basis.
Many ballpark employees are paid by the game and will not have that income during the delay.
Manfred said each club would announce details particular to their community, and with respect for state and local laws as well as collective bargaining agreements.
The topic remains on the to-do list for Manfred and Players Association executive director Tony Clark, though players not on 40-man rosters are not part of the union.
The MLB is looking into ways to avoid canceling games and avoid playing in empty stadiums.