On Thursday, hundreds of minor league baseball players were cut. However, hundreds more are expected to lose their jobs as well.
Baseball, like all sports, is currently grappling with an almost certainty that the minor league season will be canceled, according to reports.
A vast majority of the players were likely to be released by the end of spring training, according to reports. This is in spite of baseball being halted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to sources.
The cuts could be as high as 1,000 players with released players afraid this might signal the end of their career.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he would inform Minors if players would be allowed to join affiliated teams. However, he hasn’t done that yet.
Teams have already thrown in the towel on 2020.
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, placed their ballpark up for rent on Airbnb.
Minor League Baseball president Pat O’Conner hasn’t made a statement yet about the fate of the 2020 season.
Due to the pandemic, all teams agreed to pay minor league players $400 a week in April and May to cover wages lost to cover canceled games. The $400 salary was given by MLB and for some players, that meant a pay cut of more than 80%.