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MLB Fans React To Rob Manfred’s Minor League Pay Comments

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions during an MLB owner's meeting at the Waldorf Astoria on February 10, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Manfred addressed the ongoing lockout of players, which owners put in place after the league's collective bargaining agreement ended on December 1, 2021.
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Just when MLB fans think the game found some peace, after a thrilling Home Run Derby and ahead of the All-Star Game, Commissioner Rob Manfred reminds us how poorly run the league is.

Today, he said again that he doesn’t think minor leaguers don’t make enough money to live.

One would imagine that a man would be sympathetic towards his own workforce: minor leaguers work to, one day, become major leaguers.

More than sympathetic, Manfred’s management of the minor leaguers salary situation is, well, pathetic.

It’s like he doesn’t understand what a living wage is.

According to Forbes, he makes $11 million per year.

It sure seems like a high salary for a man who refuses to acknowledge minor leaguers don’t make enough.

 

Minor Leaguers Are Often Mistreated

During the offseason and the lockout, many minor leaguers shared some pay checks, and on several occasions, you could see numbers that make it very hard to reach the end of the month still living decently.

Sure, it helps that MLB teams are now obligated to provide housing for all minor leaguers, but their wages are still insufficient, all things considered.

There is a huge disparity in what free agents in MLB can aspire for (often millions of dollars), what major leaguers make as a minimum salary, and what minor leaguers make.

Salaries in the low minors rarely surpass $300 or $400 per week, and is often less than that.

As long as Manfred doesn’t recognize that there is a problem with MLB’s payment structure, the game won’t ever be fair for everybody involved.

There are hundreds of minor leaguers in danger of losing their jobs and living in poor conditions, and the sad thing is that many of them won’t ever reach the majors because of the numbers game.




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