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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

MLB teams need catchers at spring training. They just don’t want to pay them.

Pitchers and catchers arrive to Major League camps before position players because the pitchers need extra time to get ready for the season and because without catchers, to paraphrase Casey Stengel, there would be a lot of passed balls. Teams bring so many extra pitchers to camp because they’re likely going to need them. Teams bring so many extra catchers to camp because someone’s going to need to catch those pitchers.

Like all players in camp, the catchers will earn no more than per diem stipends during the month and a half they spend in mandatory preparation for the regular season. Baseball players do not get paid for spring training.

And it’s players in Saez’s situation, especially — catchers participating in big-league camp by non-roster invitation — that best expose the preposterous claim Major League Baseball actively works to validate in legislation: Spring training, the league would have you believe, does not constitute work.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
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