Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, August 20, 2019. (Photos: CGTN)
The suspension of the MLB season is torturing all the teams financially and even some of the richest ones are not immune. The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday that they will impose tiered salary cuts on full-time employees.
"This plan allows us to avoid organization-wide furloughs and to preserve hundreds of jobs," said the team in a statement. On Tuesday afternoon, the Dodgers informed hundreds of their employees via a Zoom Call that, from June 1, whoever makes over 75,000 U.S. dollars annually will see their salaries cut by 35 percent – more for top employees.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. and forced the MLB to postpone the beginning of the 2020 season, financial losses were inevitable. According to the Associated Press, the New York Yankees will lose 312 million U.S. dollars, more than any team, during the suspension. The Dodgers ranked the second in this area, looking at possibly 232 million.
Matt Olson of the Oakland Athletics greets his teammates Marcus Semien #10 and Franklin Barreto #1 after their 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, July 7, 2019.
In order to ease the budget pressure, teams are either cutting pay or cutting work. For example, according to ESPN's Alden Gonzalez, the Oakland Athletics told almost all of their amateur and professional scouts, plus about three-quarters of their player development employees, to take days off. The Los Angeles Angels took similar measures.
Though both the MLB and the Players' Association have been working hard to bring the season back as soon as possible. There were always new obstacles standing in their way. For instance, after a 67-page health instruction was delivered to all the teams, players were rightly forbidden from spitting during the game.
Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies follows through on a two-run homerun during the fifth inning in the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, September 8, 2018.
However, four-time All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies refused to follow that rule in public: "I'm 100 percent gonna spit. That's ingrained in my playing the game. Whether or not I'm dipping or chewing gum, I'm still gonna spit. I have to occupy my mind. It's like putting things on autopilot."
Spitting is common in many outdoor sports like football and baseball. When players wait in the dugout, many would eat melon seeds, or chew tobacco – it's almost a tradition, and both acts are accompanied with spitting. Moreover, spitting has already became an unconscious act of many pitchers.
Nonetheless, one of the most important reasons to conduct social distancing is that it helps reduce the spread of the coronavirus. It may only take one spit to offset its effect and burn the whole stadium if the spitter is a virus carrier.