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Life in baseball’s minor leagues: Poverty wages, leftover lasagna — and a lawsuit against MLB

Far away from U.S. Major League Baseball’s mighty salaries and Hollywood glitz, thousands of minor leaguers – over 50 per cent of Latino origin – survive on baseball earnings below the federal poverty line and face a broad assault on their rights. They are forced to fend for themselves: “The starting salary for a first-year professional player, paid only during the regular season, is US$1,100”; a 60-hour work week is routine.

A rainbow arches the sky over Lake Olmstead Stadium during the playing of the national anthem, before the Augusta GreenJackets played the Delmarva Shorebirds in Augusta Ga. on July 15.

A rainbow arches the sky over Lake Olmstead Stadium during the playing of the national anthem, before the Augusta GreenJackets played the Delmarva Shorebirds in Augusta Ga. on July 15 | John McDonnell / The Washington Post

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Are you flipping kidding me?

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto | Toronto Star

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto | Toronto Star

Jose Bautista, Right Fielder / Toronto Blue Jays - The Players' Tribune

 (November 9, 2015) – Let me take you inside my head for a second. It’s Game 5 of the ALDS against Texas. Do or die. Tie game, seventh inning. Two men on. Two outs.

I was standing in the on-deck circle when we knocked in the tying run, and the crowd just exploded. Imagine standing there on the field and looking up at 50,000 people going crazy. Then I took that lonely walk to the plate with everything on the line. Continue reading

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Inside Major League Baseball’s Dominican sweatshop system

The Toronto sports media is forever promoting the “Dominican connection” of the Blue Jays baseball franchise. Teen shortstop Yewri Guillén died the day the Nationals were supposed to ship him to America. Has MLB learned from the tragedy?

Yewri Guillén, in an undated family photo

THE BASEBALL MEN started coming around when Yewri Guillén was 15. Like thousands of other boys in the Dominican Republic, he had been waiting for them for years, training on the sparse patch of grass and dirt across the road from the small concrete-and-wood house he shared with his mother, father, and two sisters in La Canela, a hamlet 45 minutes southwest of Santo Domingo. By the time the American scouts took notice, he had grown into a 5-foot-10, 165-pound, switch-hitting shortstop with quick hands and a laser arm. In 2009, at the age of 16, he signed for $30,000 with the Washington Nationals. The first thing he’d do with his bonus, he told his parents, was buy them a car and build them a new house.

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One down, one to go for Cuba WBC Championship

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By AVIEWTOTHESOUTH.BLOGSPOT.COM

WBC.2006.Cuba100%DomincaSAN DIEGO, CA (19 March 2006) – UPON arriving to Petco Park I was not sure what to expect for the Cuban-Dominican semi-final game of the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

But after sitting down I noticed that I was in a mostly pro-Cuban section. While there were probably more overall Dominican fans – from a couple conversations I got the feeling most “normal” US fans instinctively were pro-MLB, thereby pro-Dominican – the Cuban supporters were strong all over – and not shy either. Continue reading

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