Did I feel pride as a human being and citizen of this country when I saw professional athletes (and even independent companies like Obvious Shirts) pledging financial assistance to the thousands of hourly workers displaced and unemployed by COVID-19 postponed professional seasons and events? Yes.
"We're going to have to see how things develop", the commissioner said. That forecast helped send stock markets into one of the steepest dives in history, with the Dow Jones industrial average dropping almost 3,000 points, or almost 13%.
"Motivated by desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million", said Manfred in the statement. There was a growing fear that they would not be taken care of, as the team technically would not have been required to pay their full stipend without games.
Manfred's statement did not specify if the money was earmarked only for employees at big-league ballparks or included employees at spring training ballparks.
MLB's move also comes a day after the league said it will not start its 2020 regular season until at least mid-May, as it following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. Mid-May was the earliest possible date being considered then. If the president is right, and CDC guidelines are followed, that would leave one month of baseball, then the playoffs.
"I am consistently impressed by the talent, drive and commitment of this development team as they continue to deliver a deeply entertaining and competitive experience for baseball fans".
The Twins' 162 game season was supposed to begin on March 26 in Oakland.