Major League Baseball will be joining the ranks of all the other Big-4 sports leagues, as it was announced yesterday that the league has initiated a hiring freeze, according to Darren Rovell of CNBC.
But, fortunately for MLB employees, unlike the NFL and NBA, the league will not be initiating any layoffs. They are, however, freezing salaries and taking 20 percent of employeesâ€™ vacation time.
The NHL also has engaged in a hiring freeze.
MLB will be the first major U.S. sports league to deal with the full weight of the recession as it heads into the 2009 season.
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