The Toronto Blue Jays are helping their ballpark workers who are losing income from the season being on pause because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a time where fans are praying to get sports back on their T.V.s, ballpark employees were wondering how they were going to pay their bills with the MLB season on pause.
Along with all the 29 teams in the league, the Toronto Blue Jays made sure to ease some concern by committing $1 million to help their employees during this time. The unity each ball club is showing comes when many across the many professional sports leagues are pledging to do the same.
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Now, as Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports, the money the Blue Jays are offering is separate from the fund every Toronto sports team is offering in a rare coordinated effort with the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and Argonauts.
It’s at a time like this where a gesture like that can go a long way considering there is no telling how long it will be until the MLB season can get going. You have to think teams will need to offer a small version of spring training so that players can get back up to speed.
Whether or not this means teams will have to make changes to the schedule or games cut entirely is tough to forecast right now. Manager Charlie Montoyo apparently told players and reporters that it might not be until June that games will be played.
So it’s easy to understand why teams are allocating that much money to pay employees because, during a time like this, these people won’t easily find another source of income. Hopefully, that fund is able to cover what is needed and there isn’t as long of a hiatus.
What do you think about the decision made by the Blue Jays to pay employees? How long do you think it will be before teams can take the field? Let us know in the comments below.