Astros will pay minor-leaguers like Hooks through Aug. 31

Hooks players will be paid through end of August
Posted at 4:51 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 17:56:39-04

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros will continue paying their minor league players like those who play for the Corpus Christi Hooks a $400 per week stipend with full benefits through Aug. 31.

The Astros own the Hooks, who are the Class AA affilate for the team in the Texas League.

MInor leaguers previously were set to be paid through May 31, so Friday's announcement extends that commitment for three months.

“Having a farm system of talented minor league players is a key aspect of the success of the Astros franchise,” general manager James Click said in a news release from the team. “We hope that continuing the stipend for our players will provide them support in these challenging times.”

The Minnesota Twins have already announced they will be paying their minor leaguers through August. The Cincinnati Reds will be paying stipends to their players through Sept. 7.

In March, Major League Baseball instituted a league-wide initiative to compensate minor league players through May 31. The Oakland Athletics will stop paying their players as of the end of the month.