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Iowa Cubs Owner Surprises Workers With ‘Life-Changing Gesture’ After Sale

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A former editor of The Des Moines Register and a former president of NBC News, Mr. Gartner received a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for editorial writing at The Daily Tribune of Ames, Iowa. Two years later, he purchased the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and have become a fixture within the entrance workplace and in his regular seat behind house plate.

In 2020, when the minor league baseball season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Gartner saved each full-time worker on the payroll, with advantages, Mr. Sailor mentioned.

“The surprise was not that he was generous because that’s the way he’s been,” mentioned Randy Wehofer, the staff’s vice chairman and assistant normal supervisor, who joined the membership in 2008.

“We’ve had above-standard health insurance and 401(k) contributions, and we’ve always been the organization that people looked at and said, ‘Gee, I wish everybody did that,’” Mr. Wehofer mentioned. “That’s always been his way, as long as I’ve been part of the organization.”

Last month, nevertheless, the Cubs introduced that the staff had entered into an settlement to grow to be part of Diamond Baseball Holdings, a subsidiary of Endeavor, a world sports activities and leisure firm primarily based in Beverly Hills, Calif. The sale signaled the top of Mr. Gartner’s native possession.

In an inventory of the 30 most precious minor league baseball groups in 2016, Forbes positioned the Iowa Cubs at No. 22, and estimated the staff’s worth at $30 million. Mr. Gartner declined to reveal the sale worth.

He mentioned he had felt much less safe proudly owning the staff since 2019, when Major League Baseball proposed a significant restructuring of the decrease stage of the minor leagues. And at 83, he mentioned, “I just decided it was time.”