Update: MLB has relented and agreed to pay the stipend to coaches, training staff and support staff from both teams, according to the Boston Herald’s Rob Bradford, speaking on WEEI.
From the Boston Globe:
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell confirmed to the Globe that the team voted unanimously this morning not to make the scheduled trip to Japan or play its final spring training game against Toronto this afternoon unless the coaches, training staff, and equipment staff were going to be compensated for making the trip to Japan.
”When we voted to go to Japan, that was not a unanimous vote,” said Lowell, "but we did what our team wanted us to do for Major League Baseball. They promised us the moon and the stars, and then when we committed, they started pulling back. It’s not just the coaches, it’s the staff, the trainers, a lot of people are affected by this.
"I’m so super proud of this team. When we put it to a vote it was unanimous, we’re all in agreement that we’re not going to put up with this.”
Manager Terry Francona had told Red Sox coaches thay’d be getting a $40,000 stipend, then discovered otherwise. Curt Schilling says he was involved with negotiations on the issue, and insists there was an agreement in place to pay the coaches. Talks apparently are ongoing.
Considering the exhibition game is scheduled to start right now, I guess we’ll see what happens.
Update: NESN and WEEI are reporting the Athletics have also voted to boycott the trip if the coaches aren’t paid.