The MLB Players Association announced Friday it has launched a $1 million fund to assist workers affected by the ongoing lockdown. The lockdown wiped out the spring training competitions because at least March 18 and also first two series of the regular season.
Report rise that same day MLB will eventually establish a similar fund for individuals without work due to the lockdown. On Tuesday, the union confirmed a $1 million “initial fund” would be administered by the clubs for part-time and seasonal spring training employees. Billionaires, members of the pitch team, security officials, game operators, clubs and stadium staff were specifically mentioned.
A fund for seasonal and part-time employees affected by the canceled regular seasonal competitions will be created by the union and announced “at a future date”.
“We know that our sport is facing a challenging time as we work towards a new collective bargaining agreement,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in the official statement. “Regrettably, those who make Spring Training a first-rate experience for our fans have been affected through no fault of their own. As an organization, Major League Baseball and the clubs have been affected. Our department remains committed to supporting our most vulnerable employees.We hope this fund will alleviate some of the financial worries they face due to missing out on the Grapefruit games. and the Cactus League this spring.”
It was reported on Monday night that at least another week the regular games of the season could leave if the owner and player do not come to terms in an agreement ending the account lockout by the end of Tuesday.