Angels plan employee furloughs amid coronavirus pandemic

GREG BEACHAM (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout bats during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Anaheim, Calif. Sixty-five players would earn at least $100,000 each time their team wins or loses if the pandemic-delayed major league season get under way, according to an analysis of their contracts by The Associated Press. Trout's salary works out to $222,222 for each game of the 162-game season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout bats during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Anaheim, Calif. Sixty-five players would earn at least $100,000 each time their team wins or loses if the pandemic-delayed major league season get under way, according to an analysis of their contracts by The Associated Press. Trout's salary works out to $222,222 for each game of the 162-game season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels will implement furloughs across their organization starting June 1, becoming the latest team to take steps against the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Angels spokesperson Marie Garvey issued a statement on the decision Tuesday.

''We, like businesses throughout the United States, are making difficult decisions to protect our long-term stability,'' Garvey said. ''We are assisting all staff by paying health care through the end of the year. We are also contributing $1 Million to an Angels Employee Assistance Fund to provide grants for those in need.''

The Angels' furloughs will impact employees across the front office, scouting department, player development department and minor league system. They had already pledged to pay their employees through May.

The $1 million employee assistance fund is separate from the $1.2 million already put up by the team to pay Angel Stadium's roughly 1,800 workers. The furloughed employees will keep their medical benefits for the rest of the year or until Oct. 31, depending on their contracts.

The Tampa Bay Rays have already implemented furloughs, while the Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds also plan furloughs, including some baseball operations employees. Other teams have cut employees' salaries, and more announcements of furloughs are expected as the lack of game revenue widely impacts the sport.

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