You Can't Eat Privilege: The Plight of Minor League Baseball Players
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Playing Major League Baseball is the dream for so many ballplayers across the world that the struggle to get there almost always goes unnoticed. It's a sad fact that these professional athletes are treated so poorly, and it's a notion to the complications of the system that their struggles are deemed illegitimate because they are "playing a game."
The Save America's Pastime Act was passed on March 23, 2018. The provision, buried on page 1,967, rolled back the most basic workplace protections for Minor League players.
The Major League Baseball owners had spent more than $5 million lobbying Congress to exempt themselves from having to pay Minor League players minimum wage and overtime.
Minor Leaguers make between $3,000 & $10,000 for their seven month season. Given the number of hours they work per week (often 70+), their salary comes to roughly $3.00 an hour, less than the hot dog vendor and the batboy
The vast majority of Minor Leaguers don't have any representation and have to buy their own equipment, locate and pay their own housing, and many go to bed hungry when their team doesn't supply enough food.
Meanwhile, the top 20 Minor League franchises are worth a combined $750 million and the MLB made a record $10 billion in 2017.
We're fighting for them to be treated like humans rather than chattel.
The purpose of More Than Baseball is to provide minor leaguers with opportunities to live a better life during and after their careers. We will provide players with access to resume building and career services, financial literacy and guidance, access to cheaper and wholesale equipment, and a plethora of food options for those late nights and early mornings.
We are proud to build this community with you. Thank you for being on this journey with us.
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