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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

MLBPA donates $1 million to help minor leaguers

The Major League Baseball Players Trust — the charitable arm of the Major League Baseball Players Association — just announced that they have put up $1 million to aid minor leaguers.

Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller, who serves as a trustee for the Players Trust, released this statement:

“Major League Baseball Players are proud to support our fellow players in minor league baseball. These players have found themselves hit hard as a result of the pandemic and are unable to play the game we all love. The game is also their livelihood and there is no doubt the financial impact has been challenging. We hope to help them navigate these difficult times.”

Tony Clark said this:

“Like most Major Leaguers, I came up through the minor leagues and understand the challenges that exist. Players recognize their collective responsibility to leave the game better than they found it so that the next generation is empowered to do the same for the players who will follow them. Within the baseball community, minor leaguers have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and many of them will lose a season they will never get back. We will continue to seek ways to support them.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2020 at 04:08 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Friday, June 12, 2020

As Money Squabbles Delay M.L.B., Many Workers ‘Just Get Steam-Rolled’

David Carter, a professor of sports business at U.S.C.’s Marshall School of Business, said that while owners are indeed wealthy, they “aren’t necessarily liquid the way you or I might think a billionaire is.” Many owners are less concerned about yearly losses than they are with growing their team’s valuations so that they can net large profits from a later sale.

Fewer workers are needed with no games happening, of course, but Carter argued that owners — and major-league players — are not sympathetic figures in the current economic climate, with more than 20 million people unemployed in the United States.

“That’s probably been the single area where there’s been bad public relations, bad messaging and ownership of the issue with franchise owners that have not come across very strong because they are perceived as this really elite business crowd,” he said. “You have people who are relying on minimum wage and that job at the arena as their second position to help put food on the table, and now they’re getting cut back — but, ‘Wait a minute, you’re still C.E.O. of what company?’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 12, 2020 at 04:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Minor leaguers, college players get creative to stay ready

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Andre Nnebe hollers over the breeze coming off the bay behind home plate and announces to the group, “First pitch, 2:10!”

The Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer thanks college catcher Eamonn Lance for showing up because now there can be live batting practice, something Nnebe hasn’t done since the coronavirus put a sudden halt on sports.

“You saved the day,” Nnebe tells Lance.

For this informal simulated game last week at a noted high school field, the catcher isn’t the only player wearing a mask. Nnebe stands in wearing a protective face covering, and same with the guy waiting in the on-deck circle.

Another piece for those curious about how current events affect players on levels other than MLB.

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2020 at 01:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, minor leaguers, players

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Shin-Soo Choo donating funds to Rangers minor leaguers

Rangers veteran Shin-Soo Choo is helping out financially strapped minor league players with the season on hold, giving $1,000 each to 191 of them who are in the Texas organization.

Choo, 37, said Wednesday that he remembers the financial struggles when he was in the minors. The outfielder-designated hitter hopes the gifts will help ease those worries for the current minor leaguers, most of whom he has never met, allowing them to stay focused on their baseball careers instead of having to figure out ways to make money.

“I’ve done it before, minor leagues, seven years,” said Choo, who was 18 when he left South Korea to join the Seattle Mariners organization before the 2001 season. “I know right now the minor league system is better than 15-20 years ago, but still tough. Everything’s very difficult, especially money-wise.”

Choo is now going into the final year of a $130 million, seven-year deal he signed as a free agent with the Rangers. He is set to be the highest-paid Texas player this season at $21 million.

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2020 at 01:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, minor leaguers, rangers, shin-soo choo

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Major League Baseball to Pay MiLB Players Through May Amid COVID-19 Hiatus

Major League Baseball teams will continue to pay their minor league players through at least May 31 amid the suspension of play because of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, all minor league players will receive $400 per week and medical benefits as part of the plan. Per Passan, Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper noted that the pay represents a raise for lower minor league players, while veterans will make less than they otherwise would have.

Minor League Baseball officially suspended its seasons March 12 following Major League Baseball’s decision to do the same.

Two weeks ago, Major League Baseball announced its intention to pay minor league players through April 8, but with no immediate end in sight to the suspension of the season, the decision was made to extend the timeline.

 

QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 12:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, salaries

 

 

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