The message went out just past midnight as Sunday turned into Monday: If any employers around the country had temporary jobs for minor league players, please let me know.
Emily Waldon hoped she could help. She works two jobs, one writing for the Athletic about baseball prospects and the other as customer service manager at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Michigan. Perhaps a few people with work to offer could hire players who had not been paid in months, and whose next paycheck might not come for another several months.
Her tweet generated hundreds of job leads, for stock clerks and delivery drivers, for sales representatives and private coaches, and for more. A senior citizen in Cincinnati offered to pay for a minor leaguer to do some yard work and handyman chores.
Some folks had no employment opportunities, but they offered money. One player’s wife broke down in tears when Waldon said she could forward a $200 donation to help support the couple and their toddler.