On Thursday, the MLB announced a league-wide inititiative to create uniform level of compensation for minor league players until the rescheduled start of the minor league season.
As things stand, every minor league player has been scheduled to earn an allowance equal to their normal pay through April 8th. This new initiative obviously allows them to be paid past that point.
A league-wide initiative has been announced for Minor League players to receive compensation between now and the scheduled start of the Minor League season. @MLB will continue to work with all 30 Clubs on the development of an industry-wide plan for compensation beyond 4/8. pic.twitter.com/Ck8Lv9uuzp— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 19, 2020
“MLB is taking this initial step today because of the effects of the season’s postponement on Minor League players and their families. MLB intends to continue working with all 30 clubs to identify additional ways to support those players as a result of the delayed 2020 season...MLB remains in communication with Clubs on the development of an industry-wide plan for Minor League player compensation from April 9th through the beginning of the coming season.”
This is an awesome move by the MLB. Many likely don’t look past the major leagues in terms of the players and people affected but this pandemic’s consequences trickle all the way through to the basement of every organization. Kudos to those making sure this got done in a timely fashion.