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Oakland Athletics 2020 Season Updates

Last updated: 04/29/2020

The opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with the updated recommendations, released on March 15, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

The timing is still unknown given local and national health recommendations and restrictions. MLB is relying on the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), and a group of infectious disease specialists as resources in order to have the best possible understanding of when we can return to the field. MLB's goal is to play as many regular season games as possible.

We will continue to monitor ongoing events, take the necessary precautions, and follow best practices recommended by public health experts, and we urge all baseball fans to follow suit. MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus. We look forward to baseball playing a role in the recovery and healing whenever we can return.

News Releases

March 26, 2020 - MLB, Fanatics provide masks in coronavirus fight

In an effort to help mitigate the national shortage of personal protective equipment that has become a pressing issue for healthcare workers and emergency personnel battling the COVID-19 outbreak, Fanatics, the company that manufactures the official uniforms for Major League Baseball, is taking the raw materials typically used in the creation of MLB jerseys and instead using them to create masks and hospital gowns. MLB and Fanatics are absorbing all costs associated with the endeavor.

“We hope this effort can play a part in coming together as a community to help us through this challenging situation,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Fanatics has halted jersey assembly, instead using its 360,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Easton, Pa., to create up to 1 million masks and gowns, with plans to produce these items as long as the need exists. The distribution of the equipment has begun throughout the state of Pennsylvania and will extend across New Jersey and New York, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

The initial masks and gowns have been made from the jerseys of the Phillies and Yankees -- complete with each club’s recognizable pinstripes. As production and distribution expands, other team jersey materials will be utilized.

“The COVID-19 crisis has compelled our country to be more collaborative, innovative and strategic than ever before,” Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin said. “As the demand for masks and gowns has surged, we’re fortunate to have teamed up with Major League Baseball to find a unique way to support our frontline workers in this fight to stem the virus, who are in dire need of essential resources.”

According to an estimate by the Department of Health and Human Services, up to 3.5 billion face masks will be needed in the U.S. alone to fight the pandemic. The shortage of protective gear has become a dire situation in the country, prompting Rubin to explore the feasibility of using the company’s large manufacturing facility to help.

Rubin initially worked with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro to hatch a distribution plan, then sought the input and assistance of Manfred, who loved the idea and was eager to get started.

“I’m proud,” said Manfred, “that Major League Baseball can partner with Fanatics to help support the brave healthcare workers and emergency personnel who are on the front lines of helping patients with COVID-19. They are truly heroes.”

Announced on what was supposed to be Opening Day on Thursday, the textile repurposing is a demonstration of the impact the sport can still have in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, even as the games remain halted.

March 19, 2020 - Major League Baseball Announces Interim Support for Minor League Players

Since last week, Major League Baseball has been engaged in a variety of discussions with stakeholders to identify ways to blunt the wide-ranging impact of the national emergency resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic. As those conversations continue, MLB is announcing today a league-wide initiative that will create a level of uniform compensation for Minor League players, covering the period between now and the originally scheduled start of the minor league season. MLB is taking this initial step today because of the effects of the season’s postponement on Minor League players and their families. MLB intends to continue working with all 30 Clubs to identify additional ways to support those players as a result of the delayed 2020 season.

Each player who is under a Minor League Uniform Player Contract will receive a lump sum equal to the allowances that would have been paid through April 8. The exceptions to this plan are non-40-man-roster players who are already receiving Major League allowances; players who are currently receiving housing, food or other services from Clubs; and players who were not participating in, or expected to participate in, Minor League Spring Training. MLB remains in communication with Clubs on the development of an industry-wide plan for Minor League player compensation from April 9 through the beginning of the coming season.

MLB takes the community impact of this crisis seriously. We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts to protect fans, players and ballpark workers, and we urge all baseball fans to follow suit. MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

In the last several days, MLB has announced a joint, $1M MLB-MLBPA fund to speed food assistance to those impacted by the crisis and a 30-Club, $30M effort to support ballpark workers. Individual Clubs will continue to announce more details surrounding support for their local communities and players are coming together to urge fans to take this crisis seriously.

March 17, 2020 - A’s Join All MLB Clubs in Pledging $30M for Ballpark Employees

MLB's 30 teams are stepping to the plate to help seasonal ballpark employees, with every team donating $1 million to the cause. The commitment was officially announced Tuesday afternoon.

"Over the past 48 hours, I have been approached by representatives of all 30 clubs to help assist the thousands of ballpark employees affected by the delay in the start of the Major League Baseball season," Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Motivated by a desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million. The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities."

In addition to the $30 million total committed by the Clubs to seasonal employees, MLB and the MLB Players Association made a combined $1 million commitment -- split evenly between Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America -- to assist those who have difficulty accessing food.

March 16, 2020 - A’s donate $100,000 to the Alameda County Community Food Bank

The Oakland A’s will donate $100,000 to the Alameda County Community Food Bank to help fight increased food availability issues and childhood hunger in the East Bay as a result of quarantines stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you would like to join and make a contribution to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, please donate here.

March 16, 2020 - MLB and MLBPA donate $1 million to emergency food services

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today announced a joint donation of $1 million to help fight hunger as a result of school closures and quarantines stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The donation will be split evenly among Feeding America® and Meals on Wheels America.

Feeding America will distribute funds to local member food banks in high need areas across the United States to help feed children and families impacted by current, and potentially extended, school closures and other disruptions as a result of the epidemic. Meals on Wheels America will use the emergency funds to boost the organizational capacity of the network to provide in-home meals to vulnerable senior citizens during this time of crisis.

“In these difficult times of navigating this pandemic, it is important that we come together as a society to help the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “As an institution, Baseball is extending our commitment to addressing childhood hunger and food availability issues during this crisis. We are grateful for the partnership with our players on this critical issue, which has the potential to deeply affect children and seniors.”

Tony Clark, Executive Director of the MLBPA, said: “In this time of international crisis, players are eager to do their part both individually and collectively to ease the significant burdens placed on the most vulnerable people in our communities. This contribution represents one of those efforts.”

“Feeding America is tremendously grateful to Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association for their commitment to helping children and families in need,” said Lauren Biedron, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America. “Member food banks are committed to helping their communities everyday as well as when disaster strikes. This donation will help people who struggle to put food on their tables during this pandemic.”

“On behalf of the nationwide Meals on Wheels network, I want to extend heartfelt gratitude to Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association for their substantial contribution in response to COVID-19,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “It will take all of us coming together to ensure our most at-risk Americans remain healthy, and Major League Baseball and its players have set an example for others by helping us to ensure homebound seniors will continue to receive the meals they desperately need amid this evolving national crisis.”

This joint donation represents an ongoing commitment by MLB and the MLBPA to provide support to causes that assist vulnerable populations, which has historically included financial assistance toward disaster relief and recovery, promoting positive relationship skills & building mental health resiliency grants, and human trafficking prevention.

March 16, 2020 - Statement from Major League Baseball

On Monday, March 16, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. conducted a conference call with the 30 Clubs of Major League Baseball. Following last night’s newly updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with that guidance.

MLB will keep fans updated on decisions regarding plans for the 2020 schedule in the days and weeks ahead. The Clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins. We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and urge all baseball fans to follow suit. MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

More Information

When will the season start?
Following the newly updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restricting events of more than 50 people through at least May 15, the opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with that guidance.

The timing is still unknown given local and national health recommendations and restrictions. MLB is relying on the CDC, the WHO, and a group of infectious disease specialists as resources in order to have the best possible understanding of when we can return to the field. We will provide additional information and updates as they become available.

What will happen to the single game tickets I have purchased for games in March, April, and May? Single game tickets for all March (March 23; March 26-31), April, and May games will be automatically refunded, inclusive of fees, to the original form of payment.

In coordination with MLB, the A’s will provide more information about our plans for the remaining season as soon as it is available.

I purchased my tickets through a resale site. Whom should I contact for information?
Please contact the customer service departments at your point of purchase (i.e. StubHub, Vivid Seats, etc.) for their individual ticket policies.

What happens to the March, April, and May game tickets in my A’s Access membership?
Access members have two options for tickets in their plan: apply their March, April, and May game ticket credit to a 2021 membership and lock in a 5% discount on membership rates; or request a refund on March (March 23; March 26-31), April, and May tickets in their plan. For additional information and questions, please contact the A’s Ticket Services department at 510-568-5600 or email us at [email protected].

What can I do if I want more information, including information on my Access membership?
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