We have to discuss MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
This weekend, main as much as the all-star festivities, Rob Manfred took a break from his full-time job of not advertising Mike Trout as a way to make some hilariously disconnected feedback to Hannah Keyser of Yahoo! Sports activities.
When requested if MLB house owners don’t pay minor leaguers a residing wage as a result of they will’t afford to, or as a result of they aren’t concerned about doing so, Manfred responded by “rejecting the premise” of the query, and pointing to latest raises, signing bonuses, and housing.
Rob Manfred rejecting the premise of a query about minor league compensation is fairly wealthy, contemplating simply how wealthy the commissioner is. On the day he answered this query, he pocketed his each day wage of almost $48,000, AKA about 4 instances the minimal annual wage of a AAA baseball participant, and ten instances the annual wage of somebody in single A.
“Dwelling Wage” isn’t a buzz phrase. It has a literal definition, and it varies from state to state. Take the Charlotte Knights, for instance. The Chicago White Sox AAA crew in Charlotte pays a minimal of $700 every week to its gamers, however primarily based on price of residing calculations, somebody working in Charlotte would have to be making $750 per week to assist a one-person family.
Rob Manfred claims that free housing alleviates that subject, however a minor league season is barely 3-Four months lengthy. What are the gamers that make up the muse of the sport you’re in command of alleged to do for the remainder of the 12 months?
Surveys have proven that just about 50% of minor leaguers are working a second job. If minor leaguers can’t make what they should survive as knowledgeable baseball participant, or on the very least be capable of fund the pursuit of the baseball dream, it places the complete way forward for the league in danger.
Possibly Rob Manfred isn’t sympathetic to the thought of paying minor leaguers sufficient to give attention to one job as a result of Rob Manfred has deep, private data that being paid handsomely to do one thing, like run baseball, doesn’t imply that you just truly know what you’re doing.
Let that sink in.