In the picture, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in September that playing 162 games in 2021 without fans would be “financially devastating.” . / LARRY W. SMITH / Archive
Los Angeles (USA), Nov 18 . .- The current champions of the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers, are one of the teams that more recently are implementing layoffs, after the Major Leagues face the possibility of a second season with limited fan access due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Dodgers informed employees across the franchise of the layoffs Wednesday.
Among other teams, the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox also recently announced layoffs.
The Dodgers had previously cut the wages of their highest paid employees.
One source estimated that the team lost “more than $ 100 million last season” despite winning the World Series.
The Dodgers confirmed the layoffs in a statement, saying that “while the Dodgers had a championship season, the organization has not been immune to the widespread economic devastation caused by the coronavirus.”
They add that “since March we have worked hard to minimize the impact on our employees. However, the current economic crisis forces us to make difficult decisions about personnel across the organization, heading into the 2021 season.
“This is a heartbreaking decision. This year, more than ever, we are truly grateful for the role that each member of our Dodgers family plays in our success,” they say.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told the Wall Street Journal in September that playing 162 games in 2021 without fans would be “financially devastating.”
From this season just ended, Major League Baseball said they lost more than $ 3 billion.