I have written all about how little minor league baseball players get paid in the past if you want to read about it. To make it short, they get paid less than minimum wage. Several former players have gone forward with a class action lawsuit to try and change that. At the winter meetings something strange happened.
Minor League Baseball backed Major League Baseball in the lawsuit. Ok, maybe that isn’t strange at all. But what was said by the vice president of Minor League Baseball at the winter meetings certainly was strange. He said that the minor league owners, who do not in any way, shape or form, pay the players, should lobby Congress to set minor league baseball players as seasonal workers so their salaries can be kept below minimum wage laws. It’s incredibly strange to see someone tell a bunch of millionaires to lobby Congress to keep people that they don’t pay, making less than minimum wage.
In other minor league news
Have you ever wondered what a day in the offseason looks like for a professional athlete? Well, 2013 supplemental 1st rounder for the Reds Michael Lorenzen can show you in the video below. It’s a little over 12 minutes long and shows his offseason workouts as he prepares for spring training in 2015. His routine is incredible and, well, just watch the video.
Some big news last week came out that the United States was loosening up the restrictions on the trade embargo with Cuba. That could lead to baseball players being able to come over and joining the Major and Minor Leagues. I took a look at what it could mean for the Reds specifically here. If this were to happen it is still a few years away and there wouldn’t be a mass exodus to America as Major League Baseball would set up a system with the Cuban government and their baseball association that would probably work in a similar way to how other international leagues work when it comes to players being eligible to play outside of their home countries.
Have you ever wondered how much value a minor league prospect is worth to their parent club? An updated study done by Scott McKinney and Kevin Creagh attempts to tell you just that and the numbers are rather staggering. Their study only looks at Top 100 Baseball America prospects, but elite Top 10 caliber prospects are worth $40-48M in savings compared to what teams pay free agents for in similar production over the course of six seasons. The numbers go down from there, but it really shows why teams are hesitant to trade prospects for proven Major League talent at times.