D-backs establish fund for game-day staff enduring COVID-19 closures


The Arizona Diamondbacks recently announced the establishment of a fund of at least $1 million for game-day staff experiencing the effects of the postponement of games in Major League Baseball.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB announced the cancellation of Spring Training games and delayed the start of the season, which was originally March 26, for two weeks.

The league pushed the start of the season back further after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfried released a statement on March 16 citing the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation to cancel gatherings of more than 50 people for at least eight weeks. President Donald Trump later released guidelines to limit gatherings to 10 or less people.

“Our gameday staff is part of our family and we want to make sure that we take care of them and support them during these challenging economic times,” D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick said in a prepared statement.

“When times are tough, that is when organizations like ours need to step up and I’m proud of all 30 teams who are motivated by a desire to help others in our baseball community.”

D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall echoed the sentiment that the team’s game-day staff is important to the organization.

“When baseball returns, so will these faces that our fans have come to know and love, as these are the people who are responsible for the incredible fan experience at Chase Field,” he said in a prepared statement.

Details on the implementation of this initiative will be forthcoming and will be provided directly to game-day staff.