Benefits improve for minor league players following recent MLB settlement
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) — Major League Baseball has reached a significant settlement, agreeing to pay $185 million to the thousands of current and former minor league players who filed this class action lawsuit against MLB.
On Friday, it was sent for approval by a judge.
Jordan Kobritz, partner and CEO of Wind Surge, said: “Major league teams have their issues to deal with like we all do. I think it’s easy to ignore while they were dealing with other issues.
Kobritz says this lawsuit against MiLB over past wage demands has been going on for nearly a decade. Almost all current Wind Surge players will not benefit from this settlement.
“But there have been changes underway independent of this lawsuit. I think in the last two years we have seen significant changes in player salaries, which have increased by 50%,” Kobritz said.
According to Kobritz, the Minnesota Twins now pay for player housing, an added benefit to ease the cost of living for minor leaguers; major league teams also provide meals to players.
“The pre-match and post-match meal menus have improved considerably. It used to be that we had maybe a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread, and now there’s a three-course meal and the same for the post-game meal,” said said Kobritz.
He credits major league teams with the choice to address the pay difference between the major and minor leagues.
“It’s their research and development program, that’s what it comes down to. The more you invest in R&D, in theory, the more you get out of it,” Kobritz said. major leagues, the better the major league team. It’s plain and simple.
Kobritz says he expects even more benefits for minor league players in the near future, whether it’s getting paid for spring training or higher salaries.
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