On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics became the first Major League baseball team to announce it wouldn’t continue paying its minor league players past May 31st. The domino effect has been massive.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, hundreds of minor league players were cut on Thursday, effectively losing out on their jobs and their dreams all in one fell swoop.
Per the report, hundreds more will be released over the next week, pushing the grand total to more than 1,000 players suddenly out of work.
The coronavirus, the anticipation of minor league contraction, and the expected cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, all prompted organizations to part ways with players that were receiving weekly stipends of just $400.
According to a separate report by The Score, two of the ten teams known to have made cuts are the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers so what this means for the future of the Biloxi Shuckers and Mississippi Braves and their rosters remains to be seen.
However, a third report by Brewers insider Adam McCalvy claims that Milwaukee is committed to paying its remaining minor league players through June 30th.