The KC Royals are an organization with good core values and overall ethics. The Twitter world made that abundantly known this weekend.
When the Oakland Athletics announced they would stop paying their minor league players $400 weekly stipends at the end of May, I hoped the KC Royals would refrain from doing the same. Unsurprisingly, the organization took the lead and made a series of decisions that people are beginning to notice.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported on Friday that the Royals will continue paying their minor league players for the rest of the 2020 season. They’ll also avoid releasing any player currently in the minor league system. “Great organization with a heart!”, Heyman added.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan piled on more good news:
The Athletic’s Alec Lewis pulled a quote from Royals GM Dayton Moore’s conference call with local media members. Moore reiterated just how important minor league players are to the development of not just each other, but to the sport of baseball as a whole. New team owner John Sherman certainly started his regime on a positive note by deciding he and his staff will stand by their players. Here’s what some players in the KC Royals organization had to say:
Being a small-market team, the Royals have always been a close-knit group that is viewed as a family. Players, coaches and executives from this organization have some of the strongest bonds in all of baseball. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that in a set of extremely unique and unfortunate circumstances, the club is siding with those who bring more than just a bat, glove or arm to the table.
While we await the return of MLB, Royals minor leaguers can rest assured that they’ll continue receiving monetary assistance while being away from the sport they play for a living. Hats off to the hometown franchise for being a class act through and through.