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Mets Not Employing Ballpark Employees

Major League Baseball had each team contribute $1 million to pay hourly wage employees affected by the COVID19 shut down. Some teams have gone over and above that by increasing that amount independently. The Mets, well, as we know by now, they do things differently than everyone else.

Based upon this letter, while the Mets purportedly contributed $1 million to the fund for the ballpark employees affected by the COVID19 shutdown, they are not going to pay those employees. Actually, that’s not entirely true. Rather, the Mets are not going to “re-employ” some of those people they have employed in year’s past and were expected to employ again in 2020.

There may be an important distinction in that these letters went out to people not directly employed by the Mets but rather the Queens Baseball Company, L.L.C. Whatever their function, it is important to note this was a letter sent on Mets letterhead by the Mets Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. According to Bloomberg, this company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the New York Mets.

Now, you can question the authenticity of this letter as it’s existence has yet to be fully confirmed or denied by any news reporting agency. Also, at least in theory, it is possible this letter is indeed real, and in a separate correspondence the Mets sent payment to these same people. It is also possible by sending these employees letters like this, they are making it easier for them to pursue other employment opportunities, to the extent there are any, or to obtain benefits, which is unclear at the moment.

At the moment, no one knows when baseball is going to return. With that being the case, those employees most affected have no way of knowing when their next paycheck is going to come. If this letter is real, it at least appears the Mets plan is to simply not pay those employees and to let them find money elsewhere.

We have known for years the Mets have had financial difficulties, and before the COVID19 outbreak the Wilpons had not secured their share of the funding for the Islanders new arena,.

At this moment, we don’t even know the Mets capacity to pay anyone with their being no games played. We also don’t know what measures anyone in the Mets organization are willing to take (for e.g. pay cuts) to get these people paid.

The only thing we know for sure is there are people wondering when they’ll be able to be paid again, and based on this letter, it seems that future pay day will not be coming from the Mets.

10 thoughts on “Mets Not Employing Ballpark Employees”

  1. David Klein says:

    No wonder they’re still looking to sell even though we’re about to dive into another Great Depression

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Exactly

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Paying people who you don’t have work for is not how the private market works. I’m sure your lemonade stand lasted about a half hour.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not sure you remotely grasp what’s happening in the world right now

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    This is so employees can collect unemployment insurance. If you send them a letter saying they are furloughed or something, they can’t collect.

    Maybe somebody *really* rich will come along and help these people. Like Cano or Cespedes or deGrom.

    Your stammered accusation about but maybe the Mets promised a million and er huh wha will come to the inevitable MD embarrassing misunderstanding.

    If every company that lays off employees so they can get benefits is your enemy, get ready for a rough 2020.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You’re making assumptions which may be inapplicable to these employees, and you’re just flat out making assumptions about the Mets intentions.

      Mostly, you’re being plain ignorant

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Ah. Assumptions and intentions and murky maybes.

        You wrote the article. Clean up your own dumpster fire.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          I did write the article. I’m not the one making inane trolling comments in response to the article.

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