Oakland A’s Catch Heat After Announcing They Will Not Pay Minor Leaguers Their Peanuts For Rest Of Season

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With Major League Baseball revenues continuing to grow ($10.7 billion in 2019), the league continues its apathy with minor league players earning poverty-level wages.

Since 1976, the basement salary in the majors has gone up more than 2,500 percent, while in the minors, it has gone up less than 70 percent.

Minimum salary ranges from $290 per week for rookie leaguers—$3,480 for a three-month season—to $500 per week for players at Triple A—$10,000 for a five-month season. [via Sports Illustrated]

The Oakland Athletics are the most recent MLB team to demonstrate their indifference towards their prospects, informing minor league players on Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them after May 31. The next paycheck they’ll receive will come next April, as minor leaguers only get paid during the season.

“Unfortunately, considering all of the circumstances affecting the organization at this time, we have decided not to continue your $400 weekly stipend beyond May 31,” read the email, sent by GM David Forst and obtained by Sports Illustrated. “This was a difficult decision and it’s one that comes at a time when a number of our full-time employees are also finding themselves either furloughed or facing a reduction in salary for the remainder of the season. For all of this, I am sorry.”

And as an extra knife twist, Forst announced that the players do not become free agents and are not free to sign with other teams.

Oakland A’s? More like Oakland A-Holes! I do improv!

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