We’re closing in on a month since Major League Baseball postponed Opening Day. Rob Manfred remains optimistic, saying that he “fully anticipate[s] baseball will return this season.”
The context of this quote was Manfred telling teams that, as of May 1, they’ll be allowed to furlough or reduce the pay of staff members due to the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Manfred said that he’ll suspend Uniform Employee Contracts, meaning it’ll be up to teams to determine whether people such as managers, coaches, and other baseball operations staff will be paid or if they’ll be furloughed. So, yeah, that quote was just Manfred re-assuring employees who might not be getting paid in a few weeks that he figures baseball will be back at some point.
The Blue Jays are among the teams who have committed to paying baseball operations employees through May. Among the teams who aren’t are the New York Yankees.
Elsewhere, MLB’s newest plan for playing out 2020 involves adding Texas to the mix along with Florida and Arizona. I don’t know if they’re actively referring to …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation