The players are not the only ones affected by the MLB lockout: each team has dozens of workers, stadium staffers, and employees who aren’t going to get paid until the season starts.
That’s why the MLB Players Association announced a $1 million fund for workers affected by the ongoing MLB lockout.
The lockout was implemented as a pressure move by Commissioner Rob Manfred, who said the idea was to speed up negotiations.
After that, the league proceeded to rest for 42 days, in which there was no contact with the union.
As long as there is a lockout, there will be no season, and workers won’t get their payday.
But this fund will help somewhat alleviate the situation.
Players Offer Support To Stadium Workers
“There are a lot of people who make this game great. Many aren’t seen or heard, but they are vital to the entertainment experience of our games,” MLBPA executives Max Scherzer and Andrew Miller said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, they will also be among those affected by the owner-imposed lockout and the cancellation of games. Through this fund, we want to let them know that they have our support,” the statement read.
One of the players, Houston Astros’ pitcher Lance McCullers, quoted the MLBPA’s tweet with the announcement of the fund with an encouraging phrase for those workers.
Proud to support our stadium workers. https://t.co/pi5zfGQO54
— Lance McCullers Jr. (@lmccullers43) March 4, 2022
“Proud to support our stadium workers,” he said.
For a long time, fans have been worrying about players, but this is a nice reminder that baseball is not just about the owners and the union: the cancellation of games affects a lot of people in general, as baseball is a big business that touches many lives.
Here is hoping the lockout doesn’t extend too long and everybody can get back to work without so much damage to their finances.