Report: Manfred taking pay cut for 2020, commits to paying MLB staff
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent a memo to league staff on Tuesday stating they will be paid through at least May 31, and that senior employees, including himself, will see their pay reduced by an average of 35% for 2020 amid the pandemic, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Manfred also said MLB will continue making scheduled financial distributions to all 30 teams in April and May. That money "will assist the clubs in paying the salary advances that are being made to players," which total $170 million over the next two months.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Braves were reportedly the first known major-league team that committed to paying their employees through May. The San Francisco Giants have since followed suit, reports Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
All 30 clubs committed to paying staff until April 30, with each team pledging $1 million in mid-March.