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Our Noticias, 3/18/20: The latest on coronavirus relief efforts

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The Marlins and their players are stepping up to assist vulnerable people during these uncertain times.

Miami Marlins v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

All 30 MLB teams to pay ballpark employees during league stoppage

From commissioner Rob Manfred:

“Motivated by desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million. 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.”

There is a growing belief that even when the 2020 regular season gets underway, it won’t be possible to complete the usual 162-game slate. But it sounds like gameday staff will receive their checks as originally scheduled to take proper care of themselves, rather than having to scramble for temporary work elsewhere.

Marlins minor leaguers still getting Spring Training stipends

The Marlins are among seven teams thus far, according to Baseball America, to ensure that their non-roster players are continuing to receive spring camp meal money even though most have returned to their offseason homes. As Kyle Glaser explains, “minor leaguers are unable to collect unemployment benefits because they are technically under contract with their clubs, but also struggle to find jobs at home because they may have to quit at any moment and return to baseball.”

Donate for chance to win signed baseball

In his latest philanthropic effort, right-hander Sandy Alcantara is fundraising on behalf of the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund. Anybody who donates at least $25 is entered into a random drawing to receive a baseball signed by the Marlins All-Star. Join the cause here before Apr. 4.

Walk-off links

  • Speaking of MLB The Show, Fish Stripes contributor Tyler Wilson has organized a tournament for Marlins fans. It’s already underway. Follow @KingOfBuffalo on Twitter for updates.
  • Our Games of the Decade series launched on Tuesday! Keep nominating your faves and I’ll do my best to find the full-length television broadcasts of them.