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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Rays minor league pitcher will live in school bus this season to save money

Minor league baseball players don’t always make a ton of money.

And with them on the road for a large portion of the season, spending whatever money they do make on rent may seem like a waste.

So, pitcher Jack Labosky and his girlfriend decided to think outside of the box.

Labosky and his girlfriend, Madi Hiatt, are planning to live out of a 1999 Blue Bird International school bus during the 2019 season — which they purchased using his $3,000 signing bonus.

Meanwhile, a bunch of children are wondering why their bus to school hasn’t arrived yet.

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jack labosky, minor leaguers, rays, school bus

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Minor League Baseball worried low pay will increase chance of gambling scandal

Major League Baseball’s partnership with MGM Resorts could have drastic — and potentially unforeseen — implications on Minor League Baseball. President of Minor League Baseball Pat O’Conner didn’t want to use the term “scandal,” but expressed concern over the impact gambling on games could have in the minors.

O’Conner told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald the low pay of minor leaguers makes it far more likely they’ll be successful targets for corruption.

“Without safeguards, I would say it’s a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ at some level,” said O’Conner about a baseball-betting transgression occurring. “Now, it may be local and small enough that it never rises to the level of a ‘scandal’ but think about this: You’re in A-ball, and you got a nice bonus but you’re making $2,000 a month, and a guy comes to you and says, ‘Hey kid, just the first pitch — throw the first pitch outside, that’s all you need to do. You’re going to throw a hundred more pitches before the night’s out, just make sure the first one’s outside.’

Sadly, if the NBA means anything, there’s a good chance that major matches will be fixed and that no one will give a care….

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2019 at 05:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fixed games, gambling, milb, minor leaguers

Monday, March 11, 2019

MLB spring training: Teams need catchers, but don’t want to pay them

By the standards of minor league catchers in spring training, guys like Saez are the lucky ones.

MLB organizations split players into Major League and minor league camps. According to the sport’s collective bargaining agreement, only non-roster players with enough service time to be eligible for salary arbitration — “Super Two” players and above — receive the weekly expense allowances extended to rostered big-leaguers in spring training, but all players in Major League uniform for Cactus or Grapefruit League games get $95.50 in meal money for that day.

At minor-league camp — which opens in earnest this week for many clubs — players are expected to thrive on no salary, a team-provided breakfast and lunch, and a food allowance of $25 a day.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2019 at 10:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league pay, minor leaguers

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Tigers GM says he can see the light at end of tunnel

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers are young, inexpensive and unlikely to be much of a threat in the AL Central.

For at least a couple more years, general manager Al Avila doesn’t plan to jolt the roster with any big-money free agents. Instead, he and his front office are patiently waiting for their minor leaguers to develop into big league contributors.

A season after dropping 98 games for the second consecutive year, the club believes its future is beginning to take form.

And, if not, Avila will take advantage of said tunnel to make his escape!

 

QLE Posted: January 27, 2019 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, minor leaguers, team building, tigers

 

 

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