We’re already seeing sporting events impacted by the coronavirus

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The History of Baseball Unionization: The Brotherhood of Professional Baseball Players

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Blue Jays black out all of Canada, and it’s a symptom of a larger issue

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Giants raise MiLB player wages, subsidize housing (for some)

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Anthony Rizzo calls out the Cubs, MLB, and he’s not wrong

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Here’s why MiLB players won’t be paid for appearing in MLB The Show

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If you’re a fan of baseball video games, and have been waiting for minor-league players to finally be included in one, you’re in luck! The latest edition of MLB The Show is going to include full minor-league rosters for the first time ever. Oh, here’s just a tiny side note: those minor-league players aren’t going to be paid for the use of their likeness in the game, because MLB owns those and can do whatever they want with it.

Minor League Baseball’s players sign a uniform contract. MLB players also have uniform contracts, but the language contained within those has been negotiated over the course of decades through collective bargaining, and that uniform language is a base upon which they can build specifics. Not so with the minors, where the contract is the contract, and cannot be altered by the players: sign it or don’t sign it, but only one of those outcomes allows you to play pro ball under the MLB umbrella.

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Mets’ renovated spring training clubhouse a reminder of gap between MLB and MiLB

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One of the planks of Major League Baseball’s plan slash threat to disaffiliate 42 Minor League Baseball clubs involved facilities. MLB believed too many facilities at too many parks were out-of-date, unsafe, unproductive, and unhelpful. There’s some truth to that, too: some stadiums do have old facilities that could use upgrading, and it would have been good of the MiLB owners, who don’t have to pay the players in their employ, the same players who help them make a profit, to work on upgrading those facilities with those revenues.

At the same time, MLB teams can certainly afford to do it themselves: sure, MLB signs some minor-league players to significant bonuses, and they do pay the player salaries, but those salaries are poverty-level wages — scratch that, poverty-level wages would be an improvement on what most of the players are taking home. The “surplus” value, the profits generated by these players, are more than enough for MLB to be able to reinvest back into not just the players, but the places they are playing.

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MLB, Dodgers, Red Sox all worked to harm players’ values this weekend

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The Red Sox are lying about Mookie Betts, and the media is helping them do it

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More athletes should follow Daniel Bryan’s lead on the climate

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