There will most likely not be an MiLB season, which is a shame, and teams have been making decisions as a result.
Over the last few days, there has been an insane number of minor leaguers released from their teams, and with the situation going on in Major League Baseball, some of these players may never get the chance to play in the MLB.
Unfortunately, the Yankees are one of the teams that have made cuts to their minor league system.
Was told the total number of Yankees minor leaguers being released is about 45. The 45 are spread across all levels of the system. The Yankees have some 375 players total in their system. Team will continue paying remaining minor leaguers $400 per wk through at least June
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) June 1, 2020
The Yankees would have been making cuts to their minor league staff after spring training regardless, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these cuts have now of course been made in June.
Although the Yankees are releasing 45 minor leaguers to help out with funds, the rest of the minor leaguers will be getting their $400 per week.
The Yankees are not the only team to have made cuts to their minor league system to help out with costs.
The New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks and other teams have also made cuts to their system.
The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals have not made any cuts, and will be paying all minor leaguers their $400 per week, which is an amazing move on their parts.
There is one team alone in a decision; the Oakland Athletics are the only team that will not be paying any of their minor leaguers $400 per week.
The Athletics’ minor leaguers are still under contract with the team and cannot sign with another organization. They also are responsible for staying in shape just incase there a shortened minor league season, which there most likely will not be. By doing this, the billionaire owner of the Oakland Athletics, John Fisher, will be saving just over a million dollars. Which is simply just sad and disappointing.
The worst part about all of the minor leaguers losing their jobs is that since no baseball is being played right now, they have nowhere to go.
Dreams are being crushed, jobs are being taken away, and it is just a bad time for the sport of baseball right now.
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