The Oakland Athletics received overwhelming backlash in May when the organization decided it would stop paying minor league players for the remainder of the year. After more than a week of criticism from fans and players, the A’s have had a change of heart.
Oakland A’s apologize for decision, will pay MiLB players
When MLB suspended the 2020 season due to the coronavirus, it also led to thousands of minor league players being out of work. Already in a difficult financial situation and committed to their teams, players had no source of financial support coming in.
Fortunately, MLB stepped in with a short-term solution that would provide MiLB players with compensation for a short time. Then, the league agreed to provide each minor league player with $400 a week through May, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.