One of the casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic was minor league baseball. Thousands of players were sent home with no promises of a paycheck. Most teams, including the Angels, promised to pay minor league players $400 per week through August.
According to reports, Angels minor league players are saying they have not received their stipend money. Worse, the Angels are the only team to have done this.
Here’s the tweet from Minor League Advocates:
Honestly, I can’t hold back here. This is a new low for Arte and the Angels. A move that makes me question whether I want to continue being a fan as long as Moreno continues to owe the team. These players already live hand-to-mouth providing the team with future talent. To leave them out in the cold when they need help most is inexcusable. Doing so after promising to help them in unconscionable.
One Angels minor leaguer responded to a text, saying, “I was paid 361 dollars August 21st. And that was it for August”
Update: An Angels team spokesperson released a statement tangential to this issue, per Fabian Ardaya:
From an Angels team spokesman:— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 2, 2020
“Angels have fully paid all of their minor league contracts for the 2020 season.” https://t.co/VJCJWldAvc