SOURCE: Nationals owners reverse decision to cut minor league pay

Chris Lingebach
June 01, 2020 - 1:36 pm

Nationals ownership has reversed course on a decision to cut their minor leaguers' pay, Grant Paulsen reports for 106.7 The Fan.

Paulsen reports the Lerners will instead continue to pay the full freight, which includes a $400 per week stipend.

Nats ownership had decided Sunday evening to reduce minor league pay by $100 per week, cutting their weekly stipend down from $400 to $300, for a total monthly pay reduction of $400.

Upon learning of this decision, Nationals closer Sean Doolittle announced on behalf of his MLB teammates that they would step it to cover the difference.

"After hearing that Nationals minor league players are facing additional pay cuts, the current members of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball club will be coming together and committing funds to make whole the lost wages from their weekly stipends," Doolittle wrote in a statement issued on Twitter Sunday evening.

"All of us were minor leaguers at one point in our careers and we know how important the weekly stipends are for them and their families during these uncertain times," he wrote. "Minor leaguers are an essential part of our organization and they are bearing the heaviest burden of this situation as their season is likely to be cancelled. We recognize that and want to stand with them and show our support."

Doolittle went on to say it was a "unanimous" decision by the players to help our their minor league brethren.

While it's good to see this change of heart from the Nationals, it's not the best look that ownership had to effectively be shamed into it by its own players. Especially as MLB players and owners battle for the hearts and minds of the public as their ongoing labor dispute continues to play out in the public sphere.

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