Good morning, Athletics Nation!
It took until the second-to-last day of May, but the Oakland A’s finally told their full-time employees that they’ll be paid through the end of next month. That catches the A’s up with the rest of MLB, as every other team had already made such a commitment to their staffs. For all the details, check out the link below to Susan Slusser’s full writeup at the S.F. Chronicle.
This news came as a sigh of relief. Between the A’s general reputation for thriftiness, the reported effects of the pandemic on the team owner’s other businesses, and the club’s oddly long holdout on the matter, it was easy to be nervous about whether they were planning to join the other 29 teams in stepping up for their employees during this moment of need. It took until the 9th inning, but they came through.
The A’s also sent word to Access ticket holders about refunds for games that have been postponed during the lockdown. For games in March, April, and May in 2020, they can choose between two options — either request a refund, or apply a credit to 2021 games with a bonus 5% discount. For more details, see Slusser’s writeup and tweet below.
Add this to the list of many reasons that we hope baseball comes back as soon as possible. The sooner teams can start generating revenue again (much less opening the gates for fans), the fewer tough decisions they’ll have to make on the financial side.
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- Slusser: A’s provide fans with ticket-refund information ($)
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Best of Twitter:
Details about the ticket refunds
The email A’s ticket holders (Access members) just received about refunds: pic.twitter.com/8RoNXbwmik— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 29, 2020
Nothing to see here, yet
Contrary to reports, Major League Baseball has not canceled the Minor League Baseball season, according to a league spokesman.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 29, 2020
Getting to know Luzardo a bit better
Here’s one vogt in favor of the future skipper
Sam Fuld as my GM and Steve as my manager >>>> https://t.co/hsYZphvBSO— Trevor Plouffe (@trevorplouffe) April 30, 2020
Random trivia for the day
Since Bull Durham is being shown so frequently these days, here’s some trivia: Did you know the baseball card on Annie’s mirror in opening scene is none other than Brian Snitker, Durham Bulls manager when the movie was filmed in 1987? pic.twitter.com/HnjPjzA9gc— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) April 30, 2020
The student becomes the professor