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