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Friday, March 26, 2021

The lost year: Minor leaguers reflect on a canceled season

Garland got his batting cage — briefly. He and another nearby player, Bobby Honeyman of the Seattle Mariners, bought a popup structure designed for Little Leaguers and set it up outside Garland’s house.

“I remember all the neighbors were just looking at us like, ‘What the hell are these kids doing?’” he said. “We thought it was the coolest thing ever. Five swings in, we put five holes in it.”

Garland had better luck working on his defense thanks to Seelinger, who lives nearby. Needing somewhere to throw, Seelinger and his dad built their own mound from plywood and artificial turf and set up a bullpen in their backyard. Garland came over frequently to catch, and that’s how they stayed sharp until parks began to reopen around June.

Elsewhere, players did whatever they could to stay in shape. Jake Fishman, a left-hander for the Miami Marlins, began deadlifting a neighbor’s crane stabilizers — big hunks of metal used to keep trucks and other machinery in place.

Oakland A’s catcher Collin Theroux couldn’t find anything heavy, so he focused on explosiveness. Among his workouts — venturing into the parking lot of his girlfriend’s apartment complex and jumping on benches, electrical units or whatever else he could find.

“Everybody was just embracing the weird at that point,” Theroux said. “Normally I think I would shy away from that, but I think those times called for people giving you a pass on being weird.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 01:32 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Even after overdue salary bump, baseball’s minor leaguers still paid far below NBA, NHL counterparts

ere’s the note in the news release that trumpets improved player salaries (news of the increase was first reported last February).

— Player salary increases ranging from 38-72% for the 2021 season.

That’s a great thing. The percentages are impressive. The actual numbers, though? Not so much.

Look, the increase was badly needed. It’s been decades since minor league ballplayers saw an increase anything close to this level of significance. I’ve written on the subject often. This is a solid, long-awaited step in the right direction. But the percentages don’t tell the whole story. Here are the minimum salaries for each of those levels, as noted by The Associated Press.

For High/Low-A, the weekly minimum pay rises from $290 to $500.
For Double-A, the minimum rises from $350 to $600.
For Triple-A, the minimum rises from $502 to $700.
Minor league regular seasons generally start in early April and finish at the end of August or the first week of September, so let’s call it 21 weeks of baseball. In 2021, the Triple-A schedule calls for 144 games, Double-A schedules are 138 games and Single-A schedules are 132 games (those still could be adjusted because of the COVID-19 pandemic).

For Single-A players, that’s $10,500 in total salary for five months of work.
For Double-A players, that’s $12,600 in total salary for five months of work.
For Triple-A players, that’s $14,700 in total salary for five months of work.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2021 at 12:16 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league

Monday, November 16, 2020

Minor League Teams Strike Out On COVID-19 Loss Coverage

U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes granted a bid to dismiss the case by National Casualty Co., Scottsdale Indemnity Co. and Scottsdale Insurance Co., saying that while the teams, led by Chattanooga Professional Baseball LLC, tried to argue there were other causes for their loss, those causes all stem from the virus.

The policies all contain language saying that the Nationwide units will not cover loss or damage resulting from any virus, the judge said. And while the teams had argued in October that their losses stem from government shutdown orders, Judge Rayes said the virus is ultimately the cause.

“Plaintiffs’ amended complaint does not allege any fact supporting an alternative theory for the issuance of the government orders,” the judge wrote. “There is no allegation in the complaint that absent the pandemic, the government would have been prompted to issue stay-at-home orders or otherwise inhibit access to the ballparks.”

The complaint specifically blames the virus for the government orders, the judge added, saying the teams have not argued that the exclusion is unambiguous.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 16, 2020 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
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