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Due to COVID-19, the Major League Baseball entities, including those of the 30 Major League Clubs, have incurred significant financial losses as a result of our inability to play games, host fans and otherwise conduct normal business operations during much of the 2020 season. We strongly believe these losses are covered in full by our insurance policies, and are confident that the court and jury will agree.
The minor league season was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teams provided players $ 400 per week for most or all of the season anyway, a sum that represented a raise for many lower-level minor leaguers. Major League Baseball plans to raise minor league salaries in 2021, pushing the minimum yearly salary for a full-season player at Class A from $ 5,800 to $ 10,000. The league is expected to shrink the minor leagues by as much as 25 % after failing to renew its agreement last month with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. While Major League Baseball does not comment on ongoing litigation, MLB remains focused on modernizing Major League Baseball player development system to enhance the minor league experience for players, including providing them with renovated facilities, reduced travel, and improved daily working conditions.
The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the one facing The Marlins in mind. The response outlined in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the cluster of positive cases, including contact tracing and the quarantining and testing of all of the identified close contacts. The The Marlins personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care, in over 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, July 24th, there have been no new positives of on-field personnel from any of the other 29 Clubs. This outcome is in line with encouraging overall data since the June 27th start of testing. Through last Thursday, July 23rd, 99 of the 32,640 samples 0.3 % had been positive.
Major League Baseball has been actively considering numerous contingency plans that would allow play to commence once the public health situation has improved to the point that it is safe to do so, while we have discussed the idea of staging games at one location as one potential option, we have not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan.
Everyone in baseball must use care to not engage in any behavior — whether intentional or not — that could be construed as minimizing the egregiousness of an act of domestic violence, we became aware of this incident through the Sports Illustrated article. The Astros have disputed Sports Illustrated's characterization of the incident.
Major League Baseball is thrilled to be back in Mexico City, and we are particularly excited to showcase two of our clubs that play in such close proximity to Mexico, as we further strengthen the relationship between Major League Baseball and Mexico, it is our hope that we can continue to present our game and its bright young stars to the fans of our southern neighbor for years to come.
Players are husbands, fathers, sons and boyfriends. And as such want to set an example that makes clear that there is no place for domestic abuse in our society, we are hopeful that this new comprehensive, collectively-bargained policy will deter future violence, promote victim safety, and serve as a step toward a better understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
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