Major League Baseball is stepping up to the plate to help out stadium employees.
Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement on Tuesday that all 30 MLB clubs pledge $1 million to cover for lost wages of ballpark employees while baseball remains shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“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. “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 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.”
MLB joins several other athletes and team owners who are offering financial support for the employees most affected by the suspended seasons.
Zion Williamson and Kevin Love pledged to donate money to arena staff for their respective teams. Steph Curry is donating money to an Oakland food bank to help feed kids who are unable to receive meals with schools closed down.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was one of the first owners to state he would take care of the game-day employees, while many other teams and players in the NBA, NHL and MLB have also followed suit.