Drug Testing and the Lack of the Minor League Union


This past week Bud Selig and the MLB announced that the minor leagues would be testing for HGH by taking a blood sample from players to be included into the drug testing system. I wonder if the MLB is spending more money on drug testing than they are on minor league players salaries. I agree that the game should be clean and this is a great way to move forward, but something needs to be done to improve the salaries of the minor leagues.

I know the revenue of minor league ball can not compare to the big leagues, but attendance and merchandise sales have done extremely well over the past seven years in the minors. Maybe a percentage of sales can go into a pot and spread out per player. Or better yet, a percentage of every big league salary can be brought into the minor leagues budget.

The Minor Leagues do not have a players union where we can ask or stand up for ourselves in certain instances. By no means am I complaining about my job, but I feel that we are professional athletes one phone call away from being in the “show” and our salaries vary from 2k a month to 2k a day. Most big leaguers have spent some time in the minor leagues and have been on the long bus trips (broken down buses too), the non-stop PB and J sandwiches, and seen the zooperstars a trillion times. They need to say something to help us out or push for some kind of union/player rep program for us.

Sorry for all the jibba jabber about that. Its just frustrating sometimes to see how different things are in the minors yet we are so close to the majors.

The Mudhens had a nice sweep at home of the Buffalo Bison. Mike Hessman, the “king” of Toledo made his first visit back to Toledo and received a grand ovation for what he has done in his previous seasons for the Hens. Also Frazier, Diaz, Leon, Dlugach, and myself are the only remaining Hens from the opening day roster.

Shoes of the day: Adidas Jeremy Scott Sequin

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RE: Salaries ? I just had a discussion (with a fellow miLB fan) about this very topic two days ago. Basically, your ‘big brothers’ in the MLB are not looking out for you. ————-

Whether or not any of you ever pitch a MLB inning or get an MLB at bat, you are still elite athletes. Out of the entire baseball playing population, anyone who achieves the level you have or gets paid ANY amount to play in any league, is in an elite class—-probably in the 98th+ percentile of those who play the sport. Minor league baseball is now a half billion dollar industry and those who play it should, in principle, be compensated within an upper middle class salary range, with post playing scholarships or grants available for education or retraining. Yet professional baseball is not treated like other business in this country (that is the subject for a much, much longer posting), so market forces don’t play out the way they otherwise would. ————————–

Also, it must be mentioned, very nice job yesterday, Mr. Drucker. —

Go Hens!

As a fan, who wants to see sports clean up, I would assume a lot of the performance enhancing drugs are used in the minors — where players search for an edge to get into the MLB.

And one problem that exists in the minors is that there are a lot of folks who are in the 50 percentile who would love to play baseball for the Mudhens. That exists in a lot of professions, but as you point out, there is no union, as there is in other professions to set a livable wage. I might be annoying a lot of republicans who would prefer to send baseball over to China where the wages are 20 cents on the dollar. I agree with Mr. Drucker that a standard should be set

I see guys like Mike Hessman who live the dream and plays in the minors — forgoing other careers with the hope of making it to the Mets… I wouldn’t want the minors to be a career; i.e. something you would do for 30 years and retire, but it would be nice to make enough money to drink Great Lakes beer over budwisher

There’s a terrific amount of konewdlge in this article!

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