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Nationals change course, pay minor leaguers full stipend

by Ace Damon
Nationals change course, pay minor leaguers full stipend

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Nationals changed course and told their minor caregivers on Monday that they will receive their full weekly wages of $ 400 at least until June, after Washington rescuer Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team's top players cover a planned cut in those payments.

Doolittle wrote on Twitter that National's top bidders held a video conference after Athletic said Sunday that the club would release more than two dozen minor league players and cut players' salaries from under $ 400 to $ 300 a week. .

A text message sent by nationals to underage players and sent to the Associated Press on Monday says: “After a more in-depth internal discussion, you will receive your full scholarship of $ 400 per week until June. We will consider future payments monthly. Thank you!"

It is not uncommon for teams from major leagues to release minor leagues at this time of year, although there are usually not many. More than 400 young players were eliminated with the minor league season in doubt amid the outbreak of COVID-19.

Minor league players who are not on the 40-player roster were promised $ 400 a week through Sunday for an MLB policy. Including the Washington exchange, at least 16 teams have now pledged to extend those funds to the end of this month.

Following the report on Washington's reduction in that exchange, Doolittle wrote late on Sunday that National's top binders unanimously decided that "they will be meeting and committing funds to make up for lost wages".

"We were all small carts at one point in our careers and we know how important weekly scholarships are to them and their families during these uncertain times," wrote Doolittle. "Smaller binders are an essential part of our organization and are carrying the heaviest burden of this situation, as their season is likely to be canceled."

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