PawSox Move A Good Thing For PawSox Owners

It is a minor league team that is getting mass subsidies.


The Pawtucket Red Sox International League Triple A franchise affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be headed to Worcester, Massachusetts in 2021. Massachusetts taxpayers will be throwing $35 million into the deal which will be, if you believe sports owners and politicians, an economic generator for Worcester. The Pawtucket Red Sox owners claim the stadium that they are building will be the anchor for a stadium village that will also have an apartment building, two hotels because you know minor league baseball fans will be flocking to Worcester, along with restaurants and retail space. Somehow this project is going to create 500 full time jobs and 2,000 part time jobs. Those part time jobs could include ticket takers, parking lot attendants, restaurant workers who get tips along with people who clean hotel rooms and also rely on tips. At the stores, there probably will be minimum wage positions available. Oh, the players, the guys who are the stars that attract people to come to games will continue to live on the poverty line because being a minor league player is not very lucrative profession and in fact just about all minor league employees get paid very little or are college students interning.

Worcester and Massachusetts officials are ignoring that factor as they are telling taxpayers they have to invest in the Pawtucket Red Sox owners’ plan which seems on paper to guarantee them more money than they could make in Pawtucket. Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, who counts both Pawtucket and Worcester within his real market, said it’s too bad things didn’t work in Pawtucket. “We love the PawSox in Rhode Island, but I understand that Larry felt that this was a good thing for his franchise, the Triple-A franchise, to move it to Worcester.” The move is probably a good thing for Larry Lucchino’s pockets and maybe some Worcester parking lot attendants.