MLB announces plans to pay minor leaguers through at least April 8

MLB announces temporary support for minor league players during the coronavirus shutdown.

MLB announces plans to pay minor leaguers through at least April 8 —

Steve Gardner USA TODAY

With the rest of spring training canceled and the start of the baseball season on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, Major League Baseball is taking steps to ease some of the financial pressure on its minor leaguers. 

MLB announced a league-wide initiative on Thursday that will pay minor leaguers what they would have earned through April 8, the original start date of the minor league season. 

According to a news release, MLB also “intends to continue working with all 30 clubs to identify additional ways to support those players” because of the delayed start of the 2020 regular season.

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