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
13 years ago I was drafted and started playing baseball— on the way to the airport, before I flew to FL for that first season, my old man passed this paper to me... I still hold on to it and it’s still great Life advice- check it out
This is all I've got so far... Open discussion--What do YOU think the rules are to #TheGameoflife??? The game of life starts when you are bo
A gentleman at a Baseball Business group told me he wanted to publish my story and asked me to type it up over email... I don't, I mean. How? How can I? Just type it up over email? But it's a real long story man... Email is fine he assured me.... This is what I … Continue reading Its a LOOOOOOOOONG story….
As I strapped on my board at the top of the Panoramic Express lift on Mary Jane, the backside of Winter Park, a ski patroller on a snowmobile ripped passed, stopping thirty or forty feet beyond me and over my left shoulder. The snowmobile and ski patroller are not a rare site, the machines making … Continue reading Tuesday at Mary Jane, 1/17/17
As I sat perched at the entrance of the Berthoud Pass Parking lot, I was at a bit of a loss... My backpack was gone, driven away by two friendly guys in a Subaru Outback, they haven given me a ride up the mountain following my last run and presumably having no idea that they had … Continue reading Berthoud Pass Conundrum Continued!!
I woke up early on day 2 of my solo CO snowboarding trip with renewed vigor. I was amped and excited for another great day out on the mountain after surviving the rest of day one with nothing much notable happening. Once I was safely off of my locked balcony and back inside my room … Continue reading CRAZY COLORADO TRIP DAY 2!!
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.
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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I’m not insane enough to say that, over the past nine years, I’ve done everything perfectly, have no regrets. If I was perfect enough to have no regrets, I wouldn't be human, would I? I’ve played my last professional baseball game, perhaps my last game ever. I’m retiring. It’s sad to say goodbye to a … Continue reading On to the Next Adventure!
Here’s the problem with chasing your dream for as long as you possibly can. You know the numbers going in: something like 10% of college baseball players go on to play professionally. Of that 10%, roughly 8% manage to play in the major leagues. That’s including guys that go up and fill the roster out … Continue reading Tim Pahuta