The Braves also said they will help their minor-league park workers, as well as compensating the staff at the team’s new spring training home, CoolToday Park, for the canceled exhibition games.
“The Braves also intend to provide certain relief assistance for ballpark workers at each of the Minor League Baseball facilities the Braves operate, including the Gwinnett Stripers, Mississippi Braves, Rome Braves and Danville Braves. Additionally, gameday staff at CoolToday Park will be paid for the canceled spring training games.
Details on the implementation are still being formalized to ensure we maximize the need to coordinate with state and local laws as well as collective bargaining obligations to maximize the benefits for each affected group. The organization will communicate directly to the affected staff with those details in the coming days/weeks.
The Braves thoughts continue to be with our community as we navigate this together.”
Fans can donate to the fund at www.braves.com/give.
MLB announced Monday it would follow the CDC’s recommendation of restricting events exceeding 50 people for the next two months, meaning the earliest baseball could return – and even this seems optimistic – is mid-May.
As many have noted, the league’s next step will be in how it handles minor-league pay during the hiatus.