March 17, 2020 at 3:08 pm #124882
So to be clear, the $1 MM per club is NOT earmarked for minor league players. Apparently not for umps, either.
Minor league umpires will NOT be paid for the time spent waiting for the 2020 season to start. They’ve been told they cannot file for unemployment, and must be ready to report “at any time” or risk losing their jobs.
— Perry Barber (@perrybarber) March 16, 2020March 17, 2020 at 3:54 pm #124888Minuteman3ParticipantFree
It almost makes you cry to see that they are dealing with the 40 man people first instead of the minor leaguers. Who do you think is the most desperate for money. They don’t all live with mom and dad.March 17, 2020 at 3:59 pm #124890March 17, 2020 at 4:15 pm #124894gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
The way Joel Sherman worded his tweet that I posted on the previous page leads one to believe that MLB and MLBPA will do something for the minor leaguers but not until they finalize the plan for the 40 man players.March 17, 2020 at 5:01 pm #124896
We will have to see, but it would not surprise me if universal per diem coverage is the blanket answer from MLB. Good the Cards made a move to do something before it was agreed to by all teams. On the other hand, the MLBPA has no interest in the minor leaguers. I didn’t see anything in that tweet to suggest otherwise.March 17, 2020 at 5:06 pm #124897
It looks like the Cards are catching up with some, while ahead of others…
Several teams — Rays, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers included — have continued to pay minor leaguers allowances past when players were sent home.
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) March 17, 2020March 17, 2020 at 7:36 pm #124900
This is from the former GM of the State College Spikes.
The majority of game day staffers working in MLB ballparks are either retired or earning extra income. This is a nice gesture, but the real gesture would have been to at least pay the 200 #MiLB players in each system the rest of their spring training per diem and April salary. https://t.co/2Es5K8PMf9
— Jason Dambach (@dambach76) March 18, 2020March 17, 2020 at 9:08 pm #124902
Article about various volunteer efforts to help minor leaguers.March 18, 2020 at 3:11 am #124904Cardinals27ParticipantPaid - Annual
Cards going to pay minor leaguers and game day staff.March 19, 2020 at 2:06 pm #124973
The Cardinals were a day ahead of the league-wide mandate.
A league-wide initiative has been announced for Minor League players to receive compensation between now and the scheduled start of the Minor League season. @MLB will continue to work with all 30 Clubs on the development of an industry-wide plan for compensation beyond 4/8. pic.twitter.com/Ck8Lv9uuzp
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 19, 2020March 19, 2020 at 3:37 pm #124993
With discussions of MiLB player stipends and compensation being in the news, I have been told by a reputable source that one MLB team has put a gag order on their MiLB players to not talk to any media without written permission.
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) March 19, 2020March 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm #125012
If this AP writer is correct, and I have no reason to doubt him, this is substantially better.
Can confirm the allowances are $400/week for minor leaguers across the board. Players seem pleased. That's more than man make even during the season.
— Jake Seiner (@Jake_Seiner) March 19, 2020March 20, 2020 at 9:30 am #125058March 20, 2020 at 9:33 am #125059
While not exactly great, this is much better than the $25 a day was initially reported. That’s roughly $1200 a month and should help substantially with housing, etc.
There was a lot of suggestions on social media that MLB was paying MiLB players $25 a day. We have found the actual amount. https://t.co/iGrMnb0unt
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) March 19, 2020March 20, 2020 at 11:28 am #125079
Some teams were paying per diem only, which is the $25/daily. This mandate from MLB standardized $400 per week across MiLB for the next two weeks only. For that reason, I would recommend not extrapolating that into monthly pay.
What happens from April 9 on is TBA.
At that point, hundreds more minor leaguers would normally be reporting to extended spring training, normally eligible for per diem, but not pay. Whether MLB plans to pay them something, too, could change the overall picture.March 20, 2020 at 1:36 pm #125089
A minor league players advocacy group has been formed, but is not a union. Their stated goal is to double salaries to $15K per year. Among its leaders is the lawyer leading the class action pay lawsuit.March 26, 2020 at 11:10 am #125369March 26, 2020 at 12:03 pm #125370
P.S. The rough math if all the money goes to Cardinals minor leaguers is close to $1,000 each.March 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm #125377CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
I only wish he had made it a matching gift based on his less generous teammates chipping in another $250k.
March 28, 2020 at 1:42 pm #125537
- This reply was modified 2 weeks ago by CariocaCardinal.
Workers who MLB has committed to paying come Apr 8 (when MiLB season was to begin):
-MiLB coaches and trainers
-Major league players
-Front office execs
(all rightfully so)
Workers who MLB has not committed to paying on that date:
-Minor League baseball players
— Garrett Broshuis (@broshuis) March 28, 2020March 30, 2020 at 1:40 pm #125668
Good news if the rumor comes to pass. The EST players are at the bottom of the salary pyramid.
Want to emphasize I don't have final full confirmation on this but believe this is accurate. If this is what happens it would be a pay boost for low level minor leaguers and a big cut for MiLB vets. But would be money in every MiLBers pocket at an uncertain time. https://t.co/wxsh02TBV8
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) March 30, 2020March 31, 2020 at 9:52 am #125706March 31, 2020 at 10:04 am #125708mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
It’s tells you something about them when MLB players who are making so many millions of dollars are so uncaring and/or greedy that they won’t join Wainwright in helping to support the minor league kids during this difficult time for them.March 31, 2020 at 10:15 am #125715Minuteman3ParticipantFree
Mudville I have no solid information but I think there is a requirement for major league players at some point in their careers to participate in a charity of some sort to help their community. Most will have a foundation with their name on it but those foundations have mostly been aimed at helping the underprivileged or poor sections of their cities. I just don’t think that minor league players needs have ever been in the equation. This is a first but I wholeheartedly agree with you that other players or their foundations could contribute to the cause.March 31, 2020 at 10:55 am #125727
I do not want to appear non-appreciative of the wealthy who contribute to others less fortunate. That is not the case. However, it is also fair to note that those in high income brackets (in any field) can gain significant tax benefits by creating a charitable foundation. There is also a lesser PR benefit. Many do wonderful things, but those charitible endeavors driven by less than full sincere motivation perhaps can disappear when a performer’s popularity and income drops.
I am not aware of any rule or contract that requires an individual in any field to create such a foundation or donate a portion of their earnings to charity. Many do voluntarily, some entirely out of the public eye. Other times, perhaps like Wainwright here, they make an announcement in part to encourage others to join them.
No matter what, such efforts are good for them and good for those who benefit.
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