At least 15 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguers

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FILE – In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is shown in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Unlike the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball that can run on television revenue, it’s impossible for some minor sports leagues in North America to go on in empty stadiums and arenas in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These attendance-driven leagues might not play again at all in 2020, putting some teams in danger of surviving at all and potentially changing the landscape of minor league sports in the future. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – At least 15 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week.

Houston, Miami, Minnesota, San Diego and Seattle are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa, Texas, Baltimore and Arizona are doing so through at least June.

The White Sox are providing those stipends to 25 minor leaguers recently released. Philadelphia also plans to continue allowances through June, but likely at a reduction from the $400 per week rate.

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