We look at the latest notes from the San Diego Padres and around the league with MLB possibly playing games with no crowds and minor league players getting paid.
One of the biggest issues with the shutdown of baseball for the San Diego Padres and other MLB teams, is how are their Minor League players going to get compensated?
Baseball players only get paid during the season. And obviously with no season, those guys who already don’t make enough as it is, are making nothing.
The MLB and MLBPA have worked out a deal to help pay Minor League players $400 a week during the suspension of the season.
Players will also received medical benefits during this team, which is great. It’s nice to see this get ironed out quickly as it looks like there won’t be any games until at least June 1.
On that note, Joel Sherman wrote an article talking about the possibility of MLB starting the season without fans in the crowd.
Even then, the season is not likely to start before June, but it’s at least hope that baseball could be back sooner than some are thinking. And if takes having games with no fans in attendance to get baseball back, then that’s a win in my book (as long as they’re televised or on radio).
The article also mentions the possibility of expanding rosters in a shortened season, and perhaps even extending the regular season into October to try and play as many games as possible.
Maybe I’m trying to pump myself up into thinking that baseball could be back soon, but I need some encouraging news with everyone talking about not having a season at all.
A quick update from the CDC website shows that there are now over 160,000 cases in the U.S., which is almost double from the last time I looked a week ago.
We really need to see that number level off soon before the government is going to allow large gatherings again.
Please stay safe and be smart. Do your part to try and control this virus to protect as many people as possible, and so we can get baseball back.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.