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REPORT: MLB to require teams to pay for minor league housing in 2022

(WHNT) – Major League Baseball (MLB) will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in the 2022 season, according to an ESPN report.

MLB has yet to outline this plan, but several MLB team managers have already started preparing to help players get into the minor league farming system.

“This is a historic victory for minor league baseball players,” said Harry Marino, former minor league player who has become executive director of the Advocates of Minor Leaguers.

“When we started talking to players this season about the challenges they face, finding and paying for housing during the season was high on almost every player’s list. As a result, solving this problem has become our top priority, ”Marino told ESPN.

The news follows several reports regarding the low salaries and difficult living conditions of minor league players, including several Trash Pandas players who have spoken out.

A previous ESPN article featuring Rocket City Trash Pandas launcher Kieran Lovegrove, said Lovegrove and six other teammates shared a three-bedroom apartment with one person sleeping in the kitchen and two more in the living room.

Lovegrove told ESPN reporter Joon Lee that he had worked several jobs to get his professional baseball career funded.

“It’s got to the point where there are guys who are in a serious mental health crisis because of the stress of money here,” Lovegrove told ESPN. “I really think it affects not only their play on the pitch, but I think it affects the quality of life in general.”

News 19 spoke to Trash Pandas director Jay Bell earlier this year, asking if he was aware of Lovegrove’s comments.

“You don’t get paid like you do at the major league level as a minor league,” Bell said. “I have two boys who play and I know exactly how much money they’re making, and it’s a tough lifestyle for these players. My oldest son just had a baby yesterday so money is definitely a concern.

“It’s something that matters to these guys,” Bell concluded. “What I would recommend to anyone trying to have a dialogue would be to have a dialogue that honors the person to whom you are trying to get your point across.”


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