Minor league baseball players receive notoriously low wages for their contribution to U.S. sports. Now, a nonprofit aimed at improving the lives of minor league players has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help “bridge the gap” between the minor and major leagues in this American sport.
Read on to learn more about the campaign, its goals, and how much its founders hope to raise for baseball players in need.
More Than Baseball’s Campaign
The nonprofit More than Baseball devotes its energy and funds to improving the reputation, status, and circumstances of minor league baseball players. Their GoFundMe campaign on minor league players’ behalf launched in mid-May 2019 with a goal of $25,000.
The campaign is meant to help with their goals of improving educational and career development opportunities for minor league players, as well as helping to provide more nutritious meals, affordable housing options, and much-needed baseball equipment and uniforms for struggling teams, individual players, and their families.
The organization also hopes that the campaign will increase nationwide awareness of the struggles many minor league players face. Despite devoting intense time, training, and energy to baseball and to entertaining local communities, they are woefully underpaid and often lack resources on both individual and teamwide levels.
They also often don’t get their local communities’ support as much as national teams do. The campaign offers donors the chance to donate on a monthly basis, as well as one time only.
Minor League Baseball Wages
In explaining the need for the campaign, its founders describe circumstances for minor league baseball players that are fundamentally unsustainable and unfair.
Within the GoFundMe description, More than Baseball notes that minor league players work over 70 hours a week, every day of the week, for seven months each year. They only earn $3,000-10,000 each season, despite these long hours.
Moreover, because they are technically “seasonal apprentices,” they are not entitled to any benefits or overtime pay, and are not paid at all for the additional time they put into offseason training camps, spring training, or participating in other events such as the Arizona Fall League.