Cardinals will pay game day employees, minor league players during coronavirus shutdown

"We want to do the right thing and hopefully just this gesture alone with help ease some of their stress and concerns," says Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.

March 17, 2020

ST. LOUIS (KNOU) - The St. Louis Cardinals will create a $1 million dollar fund for their game-day employees, and will honor their daily per diem for the Cardinals minor league players.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon on KMOX by Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., you can hear from him in the audio at the top of this page. 

The Cardinals also told KMOX, MLB teams are each going to donate $1 million to pay its respective game day staff, however, the Cardinals will also pay minor leaguer players the per diem they would’ve got every day in camp.

MLB will not open the 2020 regular season until at least the middle of May, to follow guidelines from U.S. health officials during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams on Monday. MLB says it is committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.

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