Reports: Mets Limit Clover Park Access; Pay Minor Leaguers Stipends

Player Not Permitted To Hold Organized Workouts

Alec Gearty
March 17, 2020 - 2:37 pm

The New York Mets have reportedly limited the access for their players at Clover Park facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

Players have been shut out from the facility for organized workouts, according to Newsday's Tim Healey. However, Mets players are still allowed to use Clover Park's gym and receive medical treatment. 

Initial reports suggested the Mets entirely shut down the 7,000-seat venue, which had undergone significant renovations ahead of spring training, closing the stadium to players and team personnel. Last week, New York announced fans were no longer permitted to enter Clover Park due to coronavirus concerns.

A spring training game between the Washington Nations and the New York Mets has been cancelled at Clover Park, due to the coronavirus. Major League Baseball is also delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks
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MLB canceled its remaining exhibition schedule and revealed the start of the season would be delayed. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league would follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendation of restricting events of more than 50 people for at least the next eight weeks. 

The Mets have since taken measures to pay their minor league players after MLB "encouraged" players in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues to head home. 

Mets' minor leaguers will receive an undisclosed stipend and earn what they would've earned during spring training, according to Baseball America's Kyle Glaser. The move has become a norm as sports leagues deal with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Players within the Tampa Bay Rays organization are set to receive a one-time payment worth $800, according to NBC Sports. The Los Angeles Dodgers followed Tampa Bay and New York's lead. 

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