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.