Minor leaguers don’t lead luxurious lives. They spend their lives on buses, work unreasonably long hours and are paid less than minimum wage for their efforts.
A bill introduced Wednesday in Congress aims to ensure their condition as law. The “Save America’s Pastime Act,” as reported by The Sporting News, will — if passed — ensure minor league baseball teams continue to be safe from pesky federal minimum wage laws.
According to writer Ryan Fagan, the bill is a reaction to a lawsuit currently being litigated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that alleges the Giants — along with the Royals, Marlins and former commissioner Bud Selig — underpaid their minor league players by not adhering to overtime and labor laws.
“You’re talking about a group of guys whose salaries start at $1,100 per month, and they’re only paid during the season,” former Giants minor leaguer Garrett Broshuis said in the report. “They’re not paid during spring training. They’re not paid during instructional
If the bill — which has bipartisan sponsorship — is passed, it would be a huge setback for Broshuis and those fighting for fair wages.
Something tells me the interests of big business will end up on the winning side of this after our honorable bought-and-paid-for legislators cast their votes.
Beede spins a gem
The Giants’ top pitching prospect, Tyler Beede, continued his impressive play on Wednesday for the Double-A Richmond Squirrels.
He completed 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, with a 9:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The performance makes eight quality starts in a row.
That kind of stellar play could make him a valuable trade chip should the G-Men decide they want to add a bullpen ace in the Yankees’ Andrew Miller. Or they could decide he’s a talent worth holding onto as the next homegrown rotation stud.
(For what it’s worth, Beede, the 14th overall pick in 2014, signed a $2.65 million signing bonus. His experience is not typical.)