Passan reports that hundreds more will be released over the next week, adding that in the end, more than 1,000 players could see their baseball careers end.
The fallout from the coronavirus, the expected contraction of the minor leagues and the anticipated cancellation of the 2020 minor league season prompted organizations to release dozens of players.
In normal years, cuts are expected around this time of year with the end of spring training for the Minor League, but Passan says he doesn’t come with massive numbers like this.
Over the past few weeks, owners of minor league teams have started to fire front office and match day workers and have cited season cancellations as the reason.
However, a spokesperson for MiLB said the season has not been officially canceled.
The MiLB season was scheduled to start in late May.