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Coronavirus: MLB Players Trust commits $1million to support minor leaguers

June 17 2020 11:31 PM

The Major League Baseball Players Trust announced on Wednesday it will donate $1million to minor leaguers who are unlikely to play this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Players not on major league 40-man rosters have been the most adversely affected by the suspension of the season, with the majority receiving a salary of only $400 per week from their parent clubs.

MLB also has not given any indication it plans to hold minor-league games as it concentrates on negotiations with the Players Association towards an agreement on terms for an abbreviated season.

"Major League Baseball Players are proud to support our fellow players in minor-league baseball," said St Louis Cardinals pitcher and Players Trust trustee Andrew Miller. "These players have found themselves hit hard as a result of the pandemic and are unable to play the game we all love.  

"The game is also their livelihood and there is no doubt the financial impact has been challenging. We hope to help them navigate these difficult times."

The Players Trust is a non-profit foundation created by major-league players to encourage charitable endeavours and community service. The organisation has also been active in assisting current and former players going through financial or medical hardships.

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