With Major League Baseball working to see when and if the 2020 season will begin, the Colorado Rockies are helping get rid of some of the uncertainty for their employees.
According to a tweet from baseball insider Ken Rosenthal (citing sources), the Colorado Rockies have told employees that there are no plans for layoffs or furloughs. The Rockies have reportedly not set an end date to this and will continue their commitment to pay employees as long as possible.
With so much economic uncertainty surrounding our daily lives as states (including Colorado) figure out next steps for all businesses amidst the continued coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it has been good to see some Major League teams step up to take care of their own.
Reportedly, as of the time of this writing, 20 of the 30 MLB teams had committed to pay their baseball operations employees, including the Rockies.
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This news comes on the same day that it was reported that, in an email, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has told teams of a move that will allow them to, beginning on May 1, lay off or cut the pay of managers (MLB and MiLB), coaches, trainers, and full-time scouts. Some teams will likely take advantage of this opportunity to slash payroll in a time when no games are being played and little revenue is being generated.
The easy thing to do would be to save dollars where you can in these historic days. The Rockies, however, are reportedly doing the right thing rather than the easy thing. In an era where Major League franchises and owners are often ridiculed for their extreme wealth and baseball is viewed as a business as much as the national pastime, it’s good to see a concentrated effort to reward those who have given so much to the franchise with the respect and resources they rightly deserve.
Many of us know someone who has been financially impacted by this pandemic. It’s good to see that number reduced in whatever way it can be, including a franchise keeping its promise to its people.