COVID-19 has been rough on the MLB, but it’s been equally as rough, if not more, on Minor League Baseball, but the New York Mets have announced they will pay their prospects.
The New York Mets aren’t alone, but they have been criticized heavily for how they’ve handled things during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was disappointing to see some players in the Mets organization get released in May, and even more disappointing to see the pay cuts that the Mets put into effect on their employees.
However, this isn’t a shock as the Mets are known for having weak and frustrating ownership that doesn’t make the right decisions in many situations. Many jumped to criticize the Mets, and they were criticized for a variety of topics relating to their treatment of Minor League players, but how they’ve handled the pandemic was the tipping point.
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One thing the Mets are doing that is unlike the typical decisions of their poor ownership, is deciding to pay their minor leaguers who aren’t on the 40-man roster. Those who aren’t on the 40-man roster are currently receiving a weekly $400 stipend through the month of August. Several teams decided to do this, and it’s good to see the Mets jump on board.
The future of Minor League Baseball this season is still unclear, and making this move with a lot still going on shows that the Mets have now decided to put their players first.
The good news for the players is that Major League Baseball will resume in July, meaning some of these players will be able to get back to work. Unfortunately for most minor leaguers, this will not impact them as a majority of minor leaguers will fail to make the Major League roster.
It remains to be seen how this will impact the players that were part of the 40-man that will now get left behind. Regardless, the Mets have a solid shot at the playoffs this year, with a ceiling of an NL East title.