July 26, 2021

Marlins to pay their minor leaguers thru August despite COVID-19 delay (Fish Stripes)

Professional baseball players are easy to envy. “They’re getting paid to play a children’s game!” But in reality, until they arrive in the majors, the vast majority of them maintain modest lifestyles, either dependent on friends and family or forced to find side hustles to supplement their income. Salaries for affiliated non-roster players have barely changed in decades, plus the checks are limited to the five-month span of the Minor League Baseball season. It’s borderline exploitative. As previously discussed on Fish Stripes, the system is overdue for an overhaul.

That being said, in the midst of a pandemic, something is better than nothing. All MLB organizations agreed to pay their minor leaguers through May 31 at a rate of $400 per week. With the expiration date fast approaching, everybody has the flexibility to determine their own policies moving forward.

The Marlins are among the clubs who will continue compensating these players, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America first reported Wednesday morning. Their commitment through the month of August covers all but the final week of the original 2020 MiLB regular season schedule. Quite a contrast with the Athletics,…

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