MLB unilaterally raising minor league minimum pay levels

Aug 11, 2019
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Surprised that no one has started a thread about the announcement from MLB that beginning in 2021 the minimum pay levels for minor leagues will be raised from between 38% to 72%, depending on the level.

Currently, the minimum weekly pay for players in Rookie, Short Season A, Single A, and High A make a minimum of $290 per week. Rookie and Short Season players will receive 38% raises to $400 per week while Single A and High A players will go up 72% to $500 per week.

The minimum for Double A players goes from $350 per week to $600 (71%) and the Triple A minimum goes from $502 per week to $700 (39%).

The article in the Globe by Michael Silverman also notes that, "In August, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a favorable ruling for a class-action lawsuit filed by former minor leaguers over insufficient pay." I do not recall hearing about this ruling but it, along with the congressional reaction to reducing the number of minor league teams may be factors in this unilateral salary raise. (since this announcement came from MLB, I started the thread here instead of the MiLB forum)
 

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Surprised that no one has started a thread about the announcement from MLB that beginning in 2021 the minimum pay levels for minor leagues will be raised from between 38% to 72%, depending on the level.

Currently, the minimum weekly pay for players in Rookie, Short Season A, Single A, and High A make a minimum of $290 per week. Rookie and Short Season players will receive 38% raises to $400 per week while Single A and High A players will go up 72% to $500 per week.

The minimum for Double A players goes from $350 per week to $600 (71%) and the Triple A minimum goes from $502 per week to $700 (39%).

The article in the Globe by Michael Silverman also notes that, "In August, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a favorable ruling for a class-action lawsuit filed by former minor leaguers over insufficient pay." I do not recall hearing about this ruling but it, along with the congressional reaction to reducing the number of minor league teams may be factors in this unilateral salary raise. (since this announcement came from MLB, I started the thread here instead of the MiLB forum)
We discussed the lawsuit when MLB announced it was cutting back on the number of minor league teams: https://sonsofsamhorn.net/index.php?threads/m-l-b-said-to-be-pushing-for-major-overhaul-of-minor-leagues-eliminate-up-to-40-teams.28605/page-2#post-3657166.

A lot of this is because there's no way a lot of minor leagers are getting paid minimum wage.
 

Plympton91

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$400 a week is $10 an hour.

Gerrit Cole will be paid approximately $10,000 per pitch.