Most minor league ballplayers earn less than half as much money as fast-food workers

I’m a plaintiff of this lawsuit, and I’ll tell you why… It’s not because I played baseball for so long and worked long hours for short pay and I want some sort of retribution. It’s because, down the road, I may have a son. Let’s say he’s good enough to play professional baseball and, of course, that he wants to. Perhaps, he’ll be just like his father- good enough to stick around but not good enough to break through the ceiling. I don’t want my son to be in the situation I’m in now if he ends up playing for a long amount of time.

Any amount of money I make through this lawsuit would be great, I can definitely use it. But the real victory would be raising awareness of the situation to the point of change. Establishing some sort of fair pay scale for all the guys playing in the minor leagues now and in the future is the end result that I’m really looking for. The fact is, fair pay should be issued for the amount of work that a person does. It’s as simple as that.

You could change the pay scale from salary to hourly and pay players minimum wage and it would be a raise. Not to mention overtime, because a 40 hour week doesn’t exist in baseball. This is a sport that less that 1% of the population is good enough to play on a professional level. The guy flipping burgers at the local fast food place, literally a job that anybody with thumbs could do, is making more money.

Thats disgusting and backwards. The system is broken and needs to be fixed before my son gets drafted.

7 thoughts on “Most minor league ballplayers earn less than half as much money as fast-food workers

  1. Tim,

    I am with you on this point. You guys work like dogs and get very little pay for it. The typical response is that “you get paid to play a game” and while I get that, there is more to it.

    Yes there is the signing bonus, but think of who is getting it. A 19-20 year old guy doesn’t think that they may not make the show, so what do they do? Go buy a car and other items depending on the size of the bonus.

    The minors give everything, day in and day out. You have to, because you never know who is watching.

    On a personal note, I’m glad I got to see you play Tim. You brought a lot of excitement to the game, and I’m glad I got to be a small part of it.

    Thanks for giving it your all. I believe you should have made it!

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  2. I know very few people who have been as committed to their profession, Tim. You have been an inspiration to many (especially for your younger cousins). Your intensity and professional integrity will be reflected in your next endeavors, because that’s just part of the Tim we all know and love!
    Love, Aunt Peggy

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  3. I was wondering about this when you wrote the “I’m hanging ’em up” post a week ago. If you were making $40k a year, and had been since you started in the minors, would you stick with it?

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    1. Kevin,
      Thanks for taking the time to read and respond. That’s a great question… It’s hard to say but consider that over the course if my nine year career I made roughly 70k and, under the 40k/year that you described, I would have made 360k… I would be in a totally different position. I think it would be a lot easier to play another year and I think I probably would.
      Thanks again for reading!
      Tim

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      1. Sure. Dirk Hayhurst has a blog post about a bunch of minor-leaguers trying to form a union. While the economics of the minors 30 years ago, when a Single-A club could be bought for $50k, they’re multi-million-dollar businesses now, and there’s no reason whatsoever that they can’t pay their athletes $50k each. (I know with the player-development contracts, it’s much much more complicated, but the revenue is there) You guys are professional athletes, and the argument that “without the incentives of playing in the bigs, players won’t be motivated to improve.” is crap.

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