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MLB teams pledge $30 million to support ballpark employees

Each club has pledged $1 million.
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A grounds crew worker uses a mower to cut the lawn in the outfield of Coors Field during a media tour as workers prepare for the Colorado Rockies' home-opener baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Denver.

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball's teams have pledged $30 million for ballpark workers who will lose income because of the delay to the season caused by the new coronavirus.

Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday, a day after pushing back opening day to mid-May at the earliest. Each club has pledged $1 million.

Many ballpark employees are paid by the game and will not have that income during the delay. If the schedule is cut, their income likely would be reduced.

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