A Little Peace of Attitude

As we enter our formidable years, where goals both large and small are achieved on a daily basis, experience and knowledge are in abundance and wisdom spills from our cups- it’s easy to be complacent. or at the very least, unguided. After all, what is our vision for our future now? I have learned so … Continue reading A Little Peace of Attitude

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.

For The Win

(PHOTO: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports) Minor league players on the Charlotte Stone Crabs (PHOTO: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Three ex-minor league baseball players are suing Major League Baseball, commissioner Bud Selig and their former teams in U.S. District Court in California. At Sports Illustrated, attorney and sports-law expert Michael McCann has the eye-opening facts of minor league life:

The lawsuit portrays minor league players as members of the working poor, and that’s backed up by data. Most earn between $3,000 and $7,500 for a five-month season. As a point of comparison, fast food workers typically earn between $15,000 and $18,000 a year, or about two or three times what minor league players make. Some minor leaguers, particularly those with families, hold other jobs during the offseason and occasionally during the season. While the minimum salary in Major League Baseball is $500,000, many minor league players earn less than the federal poverty level, which is…

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