Normandin: Advocates for minor leaguers aims to give players a much-needed voice

From Marc Normandin at Baseball Prospectus on March 25, 2020:

Minor League Baseball players don’t have much of a voice. They aren’t unionized, like their Major League brethren, so they don’t have the inherent labor protections and negotiating powers of organized workers. That’s one reason MiLB players were sent home without pay or hope when spring training was suspended, while MLB players were able to choose between staying or going, and on the league’s tab. In issues between the league entities of MLB and MiLB, what the players might want never comes up despite, for instance, how the shuttering of dozens of MiLB teams would impact over one-quarter of all minor-league players. And the media tends to avoid giving players the chance to speak on their side of those stories, so there’s rarely help there. Sometimes that isn’t the case, but not nearly often enough.

What minor-league players have been missing is someone to advocate for them. The recently formed Advocates for Minor Leaguers aims to fill that void. You might already know the founders of the advocacy group: there’s organization president Garrett Broshuis, a former player and current attorney also working on Senne v. MLB, the class-action suit looking for an increase in player wages and necessary back payments for former players. There’s Ty Kelly, who had a 10-year pro career including a few stops with the Mets. And there’s Matt Paré, who spent the bulk of his 20s in the Giants’ organization, and also blogged and vlogged as the Homeless Minor Leaguer.

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Originally published: March 25, 2020. Last Updated: March 25, 2020.