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Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Coliseum after the Oakland Athletics lost to the Chicago White Sox 7-2 at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, July 3, 2017. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

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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