In the aftermath of the sudden halt of the burgeoning 2020 baseball season because of the coronavirus outbreak, thousands of minor league players were thrust into an uncertain limbo. Invariably, numerous questions arose for minor leaguers. Where would they live? When would they be paid?
Exacerbating the uncertainty was the lack of a central authority to which players could turn to answer their questions, an issue that existed long before the current crisis arose. On Friday, a group of minor league activists announced the formation of Advocates for Minor Leaguers. According to a news release, the nonprofit group seeks to “provide a collective voice for minor leaguers, to advocate on their behalf, and to educate the public about the struggles that the players face.”
The announcement of the group’s formation also included its first demand: for MLB to immediately double minor league player salaries to $15,000 per year.
In February, The Associated Press obtained a memo that said MLB planned to raise minimum salaries for minor leaguers between 38% and 72% for the 2021 season. Currently, players are paid between $4,800 and $14,000 per season, depending on the level they play at. They are…