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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Red Sox minor leaguer tests positive for virus, complex shut

BOSTON (AP) — A minor league player for the Boston Red Sox has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the team to close down its training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Red Sox made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the positive diagnosis. The team didn’t identify the player, but said he was doing well.

Earlier this month, the New York Yankees said two of its minor leaguers had the virus. Those were the first two players affiliated with a big league organization known to test positive.

Major League Baseball has postponed opening day until at least mid-May because of the virus outbreak.


QLE Posted: March 25, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, minor leaguers, red sox, spring training

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Minor league advocacy group demands $15,000 salaries

A collection of former and current players have formed an advocacy group asking that Major League Baseball roughly double salaries in the minors to $15,000 per season.

Advocates for Minor Leaguers is led by Garrett Broshuis, a former pitcher and the lawyer who has represented players in lawsuits alleging minor league salaries violate minimum wage laws. The group said it “will strive to provide a collective voice for minor leaguers.”

The announcement was made amid a particularly tense week for minor league players, most of whom make $5,000-$10,000 per season. Many have been shut out of their spring training camps due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite their reliance on those complexes for food, training facilities and often housing.

“This past week really provided an example of why this group needed to be out there,” Broshuis said.


QLE Posted: March 21, 2020 at 01:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, salaries

Friday, March 20, 2020

MLB announces plans to pay minor leaguers through at least April 8

With the rest of spring training canceled and the start of the baseball season on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, Major League Baseball is taking steps to ease some of the financial pressure on its minor leaguers.

MLB announced a league-wide initiative on Thursday that will pay minor leaguers what they would have earned through April 8, the original start date of the minor league season.

According to a news release, MLB also “intends to continue working with all 30 clubs to identify additional ways to support those players” because of the delayed start of the 2020 regular season.


QLE Posted: March 20, 2020 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, salary

Thursday, March 19, 2020

‘I’m Just Stuck’: Coronavirus Leaves Foreign Minor Leaguers Stranded

Donny Breek awoke in his room at the Minnesota Twins Player Development Academy around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a late hour that would have felt like a rare luxury just last week, when spring training was still on and early workouts were daily.

Now, camp is closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. All of the Twins’ minor-league players have been sent home—all, that is, but Breek, who is from the Netherlands, and a handful of others. This tiny set of foreign players have been moved to the Twins’ Academy in Fort Myers, Fla. They cannot travel home; they are not able to hold workouts; they cannot play baseball. Instead, they do what they can to fill their days on their own.

On Wednesday, Breek showered and went down to the cafeteria for breakfast, where he could see his few teammates left in town. There are roughly a dozen of them: German, Russian, Venezuelan. The last Americans—a few who had been held back for injury rehab when the others were sent home last week—finally left this morning. The rest of the day? There are no team activities. There are no activities, period.

“I feel fine,” 20-year-old Breek says over the phone. “I’m just stuck. I can’t go anywhere.”


QLE Posted: March 19, 2020 at 01:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, foreign players, minor leaguers

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

‘Adopt a Minor Leaguer’ Program Gives Players a Lifeline as MLB Shuts Down

When Michael Rivers started the “Adopt a Minor Leaguer” program in February, he only planned to assist with food and cash over long seasons of low pay. Now, a month later, his work looks different—providing a lifeline to players who were sent home from camp amid a global pandemic, with no idea when they’ll receive their next paycheck, and no sense of when they’ll be allowed to return.

As the novel coronavirus outbreak has shut down baseball, MiLB players have been thrust into a difficult situation. They already face frustratingly low pay during the season and no pay at all during spring training. But now they’ve been ordered home—difficult in itself, for foreign players who worry about potential future travel restrictions—where they must remain in playing shape and figure out a way to pay their bills. With no idea of when they will be called back to camp, they can’t easily seek immediate work at home, and they can’t file for unemployment benefits while still under contract with their clubs. Teams have not stepped in to pay. So fans have answered with the ultimate modern solution: They’re crowdfunding. And, in a particularly unflattering statement on the quality of life in the minors, the crowdfunded efforts to pay players in a pandemic aren’t new. They’re the ones that already existed to pay players under previous conditions.

Rivers, 39, lives in Eagan, Minn., with his wife and two children. Before Adopt a Minor Leaguer, he had no previous involvement with baseball beyond his fandom (Twins), but after a painful winter, he was in search of anything to make him feel better. His father was diagnosed with lung cancer in November and learned that it had spread in January. In the days that followed, Rivers wanted to find a distraction. So he landed on Twitter, where he saw former Twins farmhand Todd van Steensel, now in indy ball, posting about the difficulties of his seven years in the minors.

“I started to see more about the truth about what minor leaguers don’t get paid, that they don’t get paid for spring training, and they get paid very little during the season,” says Rivers. “And at that point, I was like—giving always makes you feel better.”


QLE Posted: March 18, 2020 at 12:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, coronavirus, minor leaguers

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Minor-league baseball players don’t know what to do after coronavirus delays season

One of baseball’s most vulnerable communities has been put in an even worse position due to the coronavirus. Minor-league baseball players have been left scrambling after the start of the Minor League Baseball season was delayed due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.

The situation is pretty dire, according to Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal. It’s reached a point where some international prospects have left the United States to go home because they don’t have other options. As Diamond points out, those prospects could have a hard time getting back into the United States depending on what travel restrictions are in place.

Things aren’t much better for minor-league players staying in the country. As one agent told Diamond, “Minor-league guys are screwed.”

MiLB players don’t get paid until season starts
Issues surrounding minor-league players are plentiful, but the biggest problem they face revolves around pay. The vast majority of MiLB players do not receive a living wage. Sure, there are occasional outliers who receive multimillion-dollar bonuses, but those players are generally first-round picks. Those types of deals are not common.

As always, my apologies- the article cited is behind a pay-wall for me.



QLE Posted: March 17, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, minor leaguers

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Meet Peter Bayer, the Minor Leaguer Working for DoorDash During Baseball’s Coronavirus Suspension

On Thursday night, professional baseball player Peter Bayer made $62 in two hours. That’s more than the A’s have paid him since August.

Bayer is one of the 8,000 best baseball players in the world. But his workplace—and his paycheck—are still minor league. And since the coronavirus shut down his sport on Thursday, he isn’t getting paid at all.

So on Thursday, after MLB announced it was suspending spring training and postponing the start of the regular season, Bayer climbed into his white 2013 Mercedes C300 (which he bought with nearly 100,000 miles on it) and clicked on the DoorDash app. Then he began an evening of trudging into crowded restaurants to pick up delivery orders and deposit them with customers.

In attempting to protect players from the coronavirus, the league has made this player more likely to contract the coronavirus. The irony is not lost on Bayer.


QLE Posted: March 15, 2020 at 01:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, peter bayer

Friday, February 28, 2020

Agent highlights injustice of spring training for minor leaguers

On Wednesday evening, agent Joshua Kusnick…. tweeted about an injustice one of his clients, a minor league player, is facing at spring training. He wrote:

“Have an milb client who showed up 2 weeks ago
He isnt being paid because spring training didnt start for milb 10 dollars a day per diem.
They have a 1200 deposit for the hotel. The player. Making 6k a year.
Player has no choice in staying at hotel Pays own way to field!
No gas reimbursement. If player has a car he must stay at hotel
This is insanity. Someone has to change this”



QLE Posted: February 28, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, spring training, the price of everything

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Four minor leagues suspended after positive drug tests

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Andy Maldonado and free agent pitcher Daniel De Leon were each suspended for 72 games under baseball’s minor league drug program on Friday following positive tests for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol.

Boston catcher Elih Marrero and free agent pitcher Cole Watts were each suspended for 50 games following positive tests for Amphetamine, a banned stimulant.

Maldonado, a 17-year-old right-hander, was 0-3 with an 8.62 ERA in 12 starts last season for Pirates1 of the rookie level Dominican Summer League.

DeLeon, an 18-year-old right-hander, was released by Texas in October after going 3-1 with a 6.81 ERA in 15 relief appearances during his second season with the DSL’s Rangers2.


QLE Posted: December 21, 2019 at 01:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, peds

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Giants minor leaguer posts paycheck to highlight how little MiLB players make per year

San Francisco Giants reliever Tyler Cyr is fighting to make it to the majors. After being selected in the 10th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, Cyr worked his way up to Triple-A in 2019.

While Cyr has moved closer to his dream every season, those minor-league promotions haven’t come with big pay increases. To show just how little minor-league baseball players make per season, Cyr posted a picture of his paycheck on Twitter on Monday.


Cyr felt compelled to post that picture after seeing a tweet about Minnesota Twins reliever Randy Dobnak. The 24-year-old Dobnak caught national attention after pitching against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. During spring training — before he had reached the majors — Dobnak drove an Uber to make ends.

The 26-year-old Cyr said he wasn’t sure whether Dobnak’s story should be viewed as “cool or embarrassing.” Cyr tagged both @MLB and @MiLB in his tweet to get the point across. That inspired him to post a thread about minor-league pay.

We’ve discussed the finances of the game at the major-league level quite a bit lately- here’s something involving it at AA and AAA.


QLE Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, minor leaguers, salaries




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