MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has a knack for irritating fans and the media.
In the midst of the All-Star Game festivities, the Major League Baseball leader was asked about decent wages for minor leaguers.
He said he rejected the premise that they don’t make enough money to live a decent life.
After all he’s been through during the lockout labor negotiations, for him, still ignoring the fact that minor leaguers’ pay is inadequate is a problem.
MiLB Advocates, an entity that provides a collective voice for all minor league matters, had some things to say to Manfred.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 19, 2022
Minor league advocates are touching a painful reality: While major leaguers’ minimum wage is $700,000 and they can often aspire to multi-year pacts worth millions, most minor leaguers barely earn around $1,000. per week.
MLB does not treat minor leaguers fairly
The fact that they have to find side jobs to make it to the end of the month isn’t fair: they should focus on improving skills that could one day make them major leaguers.
For a minor league player, reaching the major leagues is the dream: this would represent a major opportunity for considerable income.
That’s not going to happen as minor leaguers, and the sad reality is that the vast majority of minor league players won’t make it to the big boys.
While the major leagues have the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to defend their rights, who defends the minor leagues?
It’s really disconcerting because they feed the major league system with players year after year.
Something has to change, because it’s not fair to anyone but major league teams and Manfred.