The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Minor League Baseball:
Paying Peanuts

Jul 19, 2021

Minor league Double-A baseball team Bowie Baysox, controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, cut the players’ away-game hotel room reimbursement in half this season. Some athletes protested the reduction.

Minor league pay is very low. This year, most minor league players earn only $400 to $700 per week, for a total of less than $14,400 per year. But having a second job is difficult. The paid season from April to September involves many 60-hour weeks, including travel and conditioning. Another two months of intense work starting with February spring practice are unpaid. One athlete said, “I would play hungry and would go to bed hungry.”

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball’s 30 companies—which depend on their minor league professionals—have combined revenues of over 10 billion dollars a year!