Days after the MLB settled a $185 million class-action lawsuit with minor league players, commissioner Rob Manfred has found a way to further torpedo his popularity. He told reporters on Tuesday that "we've made real strides" when it comes to playing minor leaguers and that he "rejects
the premise that they're not paid a living wage."
Anyone with a sense of logic knows just how completely out of touch Manfred is. In fact, Kansas City Royals minor leaguer Eric Cole took to Twitter to let the MLB commissioner know how he feels about his comments, saying that he only made $11,000 from playing baseball last season.
Rob Manfred Minor League
No matter what your job is, $11,000 is not enough money to live off of, especially in today's economy. The irony of Manfred's "rejection" is that he makes over $17 million annually as the MLB commissioner.
Executive Director of Advocates for Minor Leaguers Harry Marino responded to Manfred's comments, saying that "most minor league baseball players work second jobs because their annual salaries are insufficient."
"[Rob Manfred] makes an annual salary of $17.5 million. His suggestion that minor league pay is acceptable is both callous and false."- Harry Marino
Even though a lot of players are happy with the recent $185 million settlement, the issue of MiLB pay is far from over. While $120 million of that will go to players, MLB teams are also "allowed" to pay minor leaguers during spring training, however, it's optional, which could create more issues down the line.
At the end of the day, Manfred's latest comments do baseball more harm than good. Hopefully, he comes around and realizes that minor leaguers deserve better salaries. Not only is that better for their lives, but better for the sport as well.
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