I could simply answer the question posed in the title for you right away; Yes. Minor League baseball players deserve a raise, and here’s why.
Those who don’t really pay much attention to the Minor Leagues, would automatically assume that since they’re under big Major League teams, they would be making the big bucks. That definitely isn’t the case.
According to former minor league baseball player Garrett Broshius, “Most fans don’t know those minor league players have to work 31 straight days for no pay”. He is currently attempting to sue Major League Baseball to make sure that minor leaguers not only receive pay, but fair pay all year round.
Simply googling the minor league baseball salary will make your jaws drop. At the very low end of the pay scale, players are making around $1,150 per month. That’s only during the season! Players aren’t paid in the offseason or during spring training, although they’re still expected to train and remain in shape.
What are the Changes?
Starting in 2021, minor league players will see a pay increase between 38-72%, given their level. (Triple-A, Double-A, etc.)
Per BleacherReport.com, “Rookie and short-season salaries will increase from $290 to $400 per week; players in A ball will receive an increased weekly salary from $290 to $500. In Double-A, players will earn $600 per week, up from $350. Finally, Triple-A players will go from earning $502 per week to $700.”
Is It Enough?
These minor league players work just as hard, if not harder than major league players. The ultimate goal with all of these players is to make a major league debut, so why aren’t they being paid the right amount for the hard-work they’re putting in? The players are falling below the poverty line, and for all the time and dedication they put into a sport they love, is it even worth it in the end?
You look at major league players such as Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Bryce Harper, who are raking millions of dollars annually. Then compare them to minor league players, and it makes it seem like the minor league players are being paid crumbs. Not only are these players paid dust, but they have to deal with terrible living conditions, poor meal plans, and have to balance out working an addition job on top of playing baseball just to live.
However, if you’re a top pick prospect, you don’t have to worry about that. Some first-year players that are selected right out of college or high school are signing six/seven figure bonuses. Those who aren’t considered “top picks” are making way less than any minimum wage within the country.
Why should someone who’s trying to pursue a professional career, have to live below the poverty line? They should be able to come home after a practice or after a game and be able to afford a good dinner. Not relying on the ramen noodle diet. This is why MLB needs to giving the MiLB players a living wage.
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