Minor league baseball players for the Mets and Phillies protest low wages
Minor league players from the Phillies and Mets protested their pay Saturday when they entered the field with wristbands reading #FairBall. Players from the Jersey Shore BlueClaws and Brooklyn Cyclones participated in the protest during their game to bring attention to their cause.
“Minor league baseball players have been severely underpaid and silenced for decades,” players from both teams said in a statement to Athleticism. “Today we wear #FairBall wristbands to show our solidarity with all the fans and allies who are working to change that. We love the game of baseball, but it needs to evolve. It’s time for every minor leaguer to earn a living salary .”
Minor league baseball players typically get paid twice a month and only get paid five months a year, per Athleticism. The pay standard for High-A and Low-A players is $500 per week, Double-A players earn $600 and Triple-A its $700. Players are also responsible for accommodation and these payments are before taxes.
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It’s been a tough year for the miners after 40 teams were scrapped in the winter due to massive losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Advocates for Minor Leaguers” is also written on the bracelet. The group was formed last year to be a voice for minor league players since they don’t have a union.
“Players who donned wristbands in Brooklyn today will earn less than $12,000 this year,” Advocates for Minor Leaguers said in a statement to Athleticism. “The MLB teams they play for are worth well over $2 billion. There is absolutely no excuse for this. We are proud of these players who defend each other. Their message should be heard loud and clear throughout this industry: It’s time to pay minor leaguers a living wage. »
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