05/29 18:30 CDT D-backs cut about quarter of staff with layoffs, furloughs
D-backs cut about quarter of staff with layoffs, furloughs
By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer
The Arizona Diamondbacks have laid off or furloughed about one-quarter of the
team's employees because of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The organization made the moves on Friday. Remaining staff will take pay cuts
that average less than 15%, with the team's highest earners losing a bigger
percentage of their income. The D-backs will continue to pay their minor league
players through at least the end of June.
The team's baseball operations department was largely unaffected. Many of the
jobs lost were on the business side, particularly in ticket sales.
"We care deeply about our employees which makes these decisions even more
difficult," owner Ken Kendrick and team president Derrick Hall said in a joint
statement. "We have tried to minimize the impact as much as possible but these
are truly unprecedented economic times and we recognize that this is affecting
everyone in our organization and community.
"We continue to hope and believe that we will play baseball in 2020, but it has
become clear that this will be without fans, that the financial losses will be
very significant and will undoubtedly carry into next season. Unfortunately,
these changes were necessary in order to be in a position to recover when we
are able to return to normal operations."
The Arizona Republic first reported the job cuts.
The MLB season was suspended during spring training in March. The players'
union and owners are in discussions to possibly begin an abbreviated 82-game
season in July, but likely without fans in attendance.
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