Phillies cut workforce by more than 80 positions


The Phillies have cut their full-time workforce by more than 80 positions.

Employees were informed of the reduction in staff in an email update from upper management this week.

According to the email, a copy of which was acquired by NBC Sports Philadelphia, "the vast majority" of departing employees took a buyout package offered by the club. Others were laid off, had their positions eliminated, or in some cases simply did not have their contracts renewed.

The Phillies, like all other Major League Baseball teams, were hit hard by revenue losses due to COVID-19 and the shortened 2020 season. Most every team has reduced its workforce, some months ago. Phillies ownership is on record as saying it lost "significantly more than $100 million" in 2020.

In June, the Phillies guaranteed all full-time jobs through the end of October. Buyouts were offered in September.

Most employees departing the club will stay on through the end of the year. The job reductions hit all areas of the club, from the business side to baseball operations, field and scouting staff.

Before the reduction in staff, the Phils had more than 460 full-time employees. The cuts represent more than 17 percent of the staff and more than 1,100 years of service, according to the memo.

"The past several months have been extremely difficult as we sought to consolidate our workforce due to the impact of the current pandemic," the team said in a statement. "As a result of that process, we have reduced our front office staff in Philadelphia and Clearwater by 80 positions between the Business and Baseball Operations sides of the organization. Fortunately, the vast majority of those accepted a voluntary separation agreement."

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