St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and his wife have donated $250,000 to help provide assistance to the Cardinals’ minor-league players during the COVID-19 pandemic, per The Athletic’s Emily Waldon.
MLB suspended the start of the 2020 season on March 12 due to the spread of the coronavirus. It came in the midst of spring training, when minor-league players aren’t paid and just receive a meal stipend each day. As the season drew closer, MiLB players were going to be without a source of any income indefinitely.
While MLB announced a short-term plan to provide MiLB players with a lump sum to cover the lost allowances, that still left many without any source of income for the foreseeable future.