If you're not aware, minor league baseball players don't get paid very much, and unless you're at the higher minors, that's a massive understatement.
We hear about multi million dollar bonuses for draft picks and international free agents, but that's a fairly small portion of the minor league talent pool. Most of these guys are kids right out of college or high school who get less than $100,000 in signing bonus. Many of them are giving up their college years and all of them are putting themselves behind everyone else in their age group in terms of skills and education in industries other than baseball.
And very, very few of them are going to make it at the major league level.
When they wash out of baseball, they're going to be of an age when people are starting to get married and start families but they're going to be without skills or the savings that would allow them to get skills.
Meanwhile, Major League Baseball could give every single one of them a raise of $1,000 per month for a relative pittance. That thousand dollars wouldn't make these guys rich--they would still have to get jobs in the off-season--but instead of being below the poverty line, they'd be above it, even if their off-season job is something part-time and without benefits. They'd be able to put their signing bonus into savings and augment that with a little something every month so that when they wash out they've got a little something to go on.
For minor league baseball executives to be suggesting that a raise like that would put minor league franchises in jeopardy of failure is embarrassingly wrong to the point of absolute dishonesty. Minor league teams don't pay player salaries, they just make money off their labor.
This bill should be killed. These guys should get a raise. It should happen now.