Blue Jays MiLB players denounce starvation wages: They can’t even eat

For some time now, awareness has been raised about the terrible working conditions in which the vast majority of players find themselves minor league, where even though MLB is a business worth billions of dollars, the teams and the league are unwilling to give their branch players fair pay and treatment. In almost all teams the situation is similar, but there are places where they are worse than others, like in the Toronto Blue Jays.

Several anonymous players who are part of the Blue Jays organization spoke to the organization “Advocates for Minor Leaguers” about the lousy salaries that the organization pays them, with one player mentioning that they can’t even afford to eat and in many cases, they end up “paying” to work leaving their finances in the red.

For what they pay us, some of us are only making $ 200- $ 500 a month after paying rent and taxes. Once you include the cost of living as food and other services, many of us literally pay to play.

The minimum wage in the United States is around $ 15,000 annually, while minor league players mostly earn less than that, with Triple-A players earning salaries of $ 14,700 on average, while Double-A and Class. A are even smaller.

According to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you can’t live anywhere in America on a salary less than $ 26,225, with minor league players literally living below the poverty line.

Gabriel Delgado

I started as a rookie on Al Bat in early 2018 and am going for my third season covering Major League Baseball as a web reporter. I am a fan of the San Francisco Giants, a number one defender of Barry Bonds and a critic of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña are the future of baseball, Mike Trout is overrated, and the Astros deserved to be taken away from the World Series for cheating. Besides baseball, I also enjoy soccer, football, basketball, and just about any other game that includes a ball or a ball. I am also an amateur musician, penniless gamer and very nerdy. Graduated in journalism from the University of Guadalajara, I graduated in 2017. Born in the shrimp capital of the world, Escuinapa, Sinaloa. I lived in Australia for a while; i survived giant spiders, tasmanian devils and fought a kangaroo and didn’t die trying.

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