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Red Sox pledge $1 million to assist workers during coronavirus shutdown

The team said they have approximately 1,300 affected employees.

Fenway Park. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

The Red Sox have committed to a $1 million payment to supplement lost income of their part-time and seasonal workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down Major League Baseball.

The announcement and details are expected later Tuesday afternoon.

The Red Sox said they have approximately 1,300 affected employees. Using the 1,300 figure, a $1 million bailout amounts to almost $770 per Red Sox employee.

“Over the past 48 hours, I have been approached by representatives of all 30 clubs to help assist the thousands of ballpark employees affected by the delay in the start of the Major League Baseball season,” Manfred said. “Motivated by desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million.

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“The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities.

“The timing of these announcements will vary because of the need to coordinate with state and local laws as well as collective bargaining obligations in an effort to maximize the benefits realized by each group of employees. I am proud that our clubs came together so quickly and uniformly to support these individuals who provide so much to the game we love.”

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