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Monday, October 18, 2021

Major League Baseball to require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022

Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball said on Sunday it will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022.

While MLB has yet to outline its plan formally, six team officials told ESPN they are starting to prepare to help house players across each of their four minor league affiliates. In mid-September, owners from the league’s 30 teams agreed unanimously to a plan that would provide housing for certain minor league players, the league said in a statement. Whether they will offer stipends that fully cover housing or provide the lodging itself has yet to be decided, sources said.

Minor league players have grown increasingly outspoken about their working conditions, criticizing teams for salaries that leave some below the poverty line, and the financial issues that stem from having to provide their own housing for home games. The emergence of groups Advocates for Minor Leaguers and More Than Baseball, their use of social media to highlight the living conditions of minor league players and the willingness of players to talk on the record about their experiences illuminated issues about which players have spoken privately for years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:02 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:29 AM (#6047095)
Good on ya, minor leaguers. You've been treated like garbage for too long.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:40 AM (#6047098)
In mid-September, owners from the league’s 30 teams agreed unanimously to a plan that would provide housing for certain minor league players, the league said in a statement.
Um…”certain” minor leaguers?
   3. The_Ex Posted: October 18, 2021 at 08:27 AM (#6047107)
Negative publicity works.
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:47 AM (#6047134)
This is great news.
   5. cookiedabookie Posted: October 19, 2021 at 02:13 PM (#6047481)
If I was the MLBPA, I'd look at adding minor leaguers to the union. Hell, I'd expand it to indy league guys, foreign league guys. It will increase the union's power, and it will be better for the players
   6. McCoy Posted: October 19, 2021 at 04:05 PM (#6047509)
So major league players are going to give up benefits and pay for minor leaguers and even worse for Korean League guys?

Indy League guys gonna strike for major leaguers?

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