The Nationals modified course and informed their minor leaguers on Monday they’ll obtain their full weekly stipends of $400 at the very least by way of June after Washington reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team’s major league players would cowl a deliberate lower in these funds.
Doolittle wrote on Twitter that Nationals main leaguers held a video conference call after The Athletic reported Sunday the membership can be releasing greater than two dozen minor league gamers and decreasing stipends for gamers within the minors from $400 to $300 per week.
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A textual content message despatched by the Nationals to gamers within the minors and forwarded Monday to The Related Press reads: “Upon further internal discussion, you will receive your full stipend of $400 per week through the month of June. We will consider future payments on a month to month basis. Thank you!”
It’s commonplace for giant league groups to launch minor leaguers right now of yr, though not usually this many. Greater than 400 younger gamers have been lower with the minor league season unsure amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Minor league players not on 40-man rosters were promised $400 per week by way of Sunday by a coverage drafted by MLB. Together with Washington’s change, now at the very least 16 groups have promised to increase these allowances by way of the tip of this month.
After the report about Washington’s discount in that stipend, Doolittle wrote Sunday evening that Nationals main leaguers determined unanimously that they “will be coming together and committing funds to make whole the lost wages.”
“All of us were minor leaguers at one point in our careers and we know how important the weekly stipends are for them and their families during these uncertain times,” Doolittle wrote. “Minor leaguers are an essential part of our organization and they are bearing the heaviest burden of this situation as their season is likely to be cancelled.”