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Minor league players will receive $400 per week through May 31


Major League Baseball just announced that it will provide a stipend to all minor league players through at least May 31. Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that it will be $400 a week. They’ll receive medical benefits as well.

Two weeks ago MLB announced an interim assistance plan under which each player who is under a minor league uniform player contract would receive a lump sum equal to the allowances that they would have received through April 8th. Until April 8 minor leaguers would not have been paid anything beyond those allowances. This new plan, presumably, picks up after April 8 and covers the period when, otherwise, games would be played and salaries would be paid.

There are exceptions to this plan. Players who are signed to major league contracts, players who are already receiving housing, food or other services from clubs, and players on the restricted, voluntary retired, disqualified or ineligible lists will not get checks.  In addition, each club will make its own arrangements to provide support to players on Dominican Summer League rosters during the same period.

The announcement notes that this is not minor league player salary under their contracts. Rather, due to the national emergency, all minor league player contracts are suspended, just as big league contracts are suspended, making these payments gratuitous, legally speaking.


Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: