The Minor League Baseball season is underway and this is the time where fans start looking at which prospects might be good enough to contribute on the Major League level for their favorite team in the very near future. Apparently, the fans value the minor leaguers far more than Major League organizations or Congress. Major League Baseball has, because of the 2018 federal budget, the mechanism to suppress the salaries of Minor League players. In the past, not having the feds blessing has never stopped the Barons of Baseball in any underhanded endeavor. The new budget created a change to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Baseball barons can now pay players as little as $1,100 a month for four 40-hour or more monthly work weeks per the Save America’s Pastime Act. Minor League players no longer have minimum wage or overtime protections and have no judicial recourse to reverse the decision.
Major League Baseball owners spent a boatload of money to persuade members of Congress to accept their line of thinking which is to make sure they pay Minor League Baseball players as little as possible. According to OpenSecrets.org, Major League Baseball spent $1,320,000 in lobbying in both 2016 and 2017, a nearly $1 million increase from 2015, when MLB’s lobbying effort totaled just $330,000. For whatever reason, keeping Minor League players’ salaries low was a main concern of Commissioner Rob Manfred and the 30 owners. The President of Minor League Baseball Patrick O’Connor has no problem in keeping salaries down. O’Connor admitted people flipping burgers at a fast food place make more money than minor leaguers. O’Connor and the Baseball barons look at minor leagues as lowly seasonal employees. Baseball executives really don’t like minor league players. Their lobbying efforts paid off, they can legally suppress Minor League players’ salaries which has been a stated goal.