ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Tampa Bay Light is the first Major League Baseball team known to plan full time employee leave due to a coronavirus pandemic, according to several reports.
Temporary cost-cutting measures will take effect on Saturday, The Associated Press and the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday.
Sinar has declined to comment.
Staff were told about the plan by main owner Stuart Sternberg and team presidents Matt Silverman and Brian Auld earlier this week.
The Times reports that the leave is believed to involve less than half of the club’s employees, amounting to 400 to 500 people.
Meanwhile, some members of the baseball operations department will receive salary cuts starting at 10%.
Most of the 30 clubs have committed to paying all staff full-time baseball operations or all full-time employees until May.
The MLB season is scheduled to begin March 26, but spring training closes on March 12 due to a pandemic. Opening day has been pushed back until at least mid-May.
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