The plan for the 2020 Major League Baseball season amid the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to be decided on, but for full-time Phillies employees, the decision made on the season will have no impact on their employment.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia‘s Jim Salisbury, Phillies owner John Middleton informed full-time employees that their jobs were safe through the end of MLB’s fiscal year.
This comes just a few weeks after the Phillies, along with a majority of other MLB teams, ensured that they would keep all full-time employees through the end of May. Taking this to the end of October, of course, is a much bigger step for Middleton and the Phillies. It does seem to imply that they have faith that the MLB season will come underway at some point in the not-so-distant future.
There does seem to be a lot of buzz that baseball may be heading that direction. On Thursday, ESPN‘s Jeff Passan reported that MLB was likely to agree to a proposal within a week, giving the dates June 10 for a potential resumption of spring training and July 1 for a potential start of the season.
Salisbury noted that Middleton echoed this optimism in the letter to employees: “Playing in empty ballparks will test the financial viability of our franchise and the other 29 teams, but our industry is determined to make it work, and I am confident that we will find a way.”
There are obviously still several roadblocks standing in the way of MLB resuming operations in the midst of the pandemic. But the Phillies commitment to keeping full-time employees is certainly a welcome move, and it will be interesting to see if the rest of the league follows suit.
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