Most young baseball players are provided with their own beds
Chicago Most minor league players will get their own beds, which are being provided in team dorms under a new MLB policy.
Stepping up improvements for junior leaguers After widespread criticism, MLB’s housing policy will require teams to provide furnished accommodations, with one bed per player and no more than two players per bedroom. Accommodation must be located “a reasonable commute distance from the stadium,” the commissioner’s office said Thursday. The teams will be responsible for basic utility bills.
“To the extent that apartments, rental homes or host families are not feasible, clubs may choose to provide hotel rooms that meet established standards,” the MLB said.
While teams generally arrange hotel accommodations for road trips, players are largely left to find their own accommodations in their homes. Players reserve the right to withdraw from the accommodation provided by the team.
The MLB has estimated that the policy will apply to 90% of minor leagues, including those assigned to extended spring training and the Arizona Complex League. It will not apply to players with minor league contracts earning $100,000 or more or to players with major league contracts who perform an optional or explicit mission for the minor leagues.
“This is a historic victory for the players, who have forced the hand of the league by speaking throughout the 2021 season,” Harry Marino, director of the Minor League Defenders team, said in a statement. by players. While the scale of the victory cannot be overstated, it is important to realize that minor league players do not have an official say on the details of the plan.”
After successfully lobbying Congress to exempt junior leagues from federal minimum wage laws, MLB raised wages between 38% and 72% when the minor leagues returned in 2021 from a one-season absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players in Beginner levels saw their minimum weekly rise from $290 to $400, Class A players from $290 to $500, in Double A from $350 to $600 and in Triple-A from $502 to $700. Players are only paid per season.
The minor league minimums were $46,600 last season for a player who signed their first major league contract and $93,000 for a player who signed a second major league contract or later. For players in the major tournaments, the minimum was $570,500.
MLB took charge of the minors’ run from the National League of Professional Baseball and cut the number of minor league affiliates from 162 to 120 last season. There are four teams per senior team – Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A – and additional clubs are allowed in the spring training pools and in the Dominican Republic. Under the changes, the major league teams are 200 miles closer to their Triple-A affiliates, allowing most of them to be within driving distance of their parent team.
“Owners have entered our first season to update our player development system focused on addressing long-standing issues that have affected minor league players for decades,” Morgan Sword, executive vice president of baseball operations for MLB, said in a statement. “Owners have known that changing this metric always means that more work needs to be done to achieve our shared goals. This step forward recognizes that the unprecedented nature of the past two years has exacerbated the nationwide challenges of affordable housing that existed before the pandemic. Landlords We are confident that this investment will help ensure that our junior league players have every opportunity to realize their dreams of becoming key players.”
The smaller league defenders want a bigger change.
“The troubling reality is that many players are currently working second, or even third, jobs just to make ends meet. Housing is just one aspect of MLB’s fundamentally flawed minor league system,” Marino said.
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