In a statement Tuesday, commissioner Rob Manfred said representatives of all 30 teams had reached out to him over the previous 48 hours about how to "help assist the thousands of ballpark employees" affected by the delay.
A lot of Major League Baseball teams play in climates in which year-round play is possible, from all the teams in the South (the Astros, the Padres, the Dodgers, etc.) and even teams closer to the Canadian border with movable roofs, like the Brewers and Mariners. The league announced a two-week delay last Thursday and also canceled all remaining Spring Training games, along with the 2020 World Baseball Classic qualifier games in Arizona. Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. When play resumed in 1995, teams played 144 games.
Whether the Cardinals come out of this delay with a competitive advantage will also be hard to judge ahead of games being played.
Major league teams adjusted to their unusual new normal, with more players returning to their hometowns as they realized baseball won't be played for months. That determination has yet to be made, and though it seems unlikely that Manfred and baseball's ownership groups would risk such an outwardly antagonistic stance toward the players, the standard player contract is drafted in such a way as to allow for the possibility.
Many ballpark employees are paid by the game and will not have that income during the delay.
"The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities", a statement from Manfred read.
The players' association sent an email to agents on Monday saying that for players who went home or to their team's regular-season city it would pay $1,100 allowances through April 9 to players on 40-man rosters as of March 13. The all-star game, scheduled for July 14 at Dodger Stadium, could be delayed this year or rescheduled for another year.