MLB can make cuts starting May 1

On May 1, MLB franchises will be allowed to lay off or cut managers, coaches, and other team personal due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has put the season on hold.

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April 22, 2020 - 10:10 AM

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred takes questions about the Houston Astros while holding his press conference during the Florida Governor's Dinner kicking off spring training at the Atlanta Braves CoolToday Park on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. Photo by Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has made a move that allows teams to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts starting May 1.

Manfred has suspended uniform employee contracts that cover about 9,000 people, including general managers on some teams. Manfred cited the inability to play games due to the national emergency caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.

“Our clubs rely heavily on revenue from tickets/concessions, broadcasting/media, licensing and sponsorships to pay salaries,” Manfred wrote in an email Monday, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “In the absence of games, these revenue streams will be lost or substantially reduced, and clubs will not have sufficient funds to meet their financial obligations.”

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