'Save America’s Pastime Act' To Affect How Minor League Baseball Players Are Paid
The Cubs lost their home opener yesterday, but not to worry, Cubs’ fans. It’s a long season, and you have star players at almost every position that make wheelbarrows full of money. Leadoff hitter Ian Happ is low man on the Cubs’ salary list. He’s making just under $600,000 this year. Right fielder Jason Heyward will make $28- million this season.
But to get to the big leagues, you have to suffer through the minors, where most guys make about $1,000 a month. The recent budget bill signed into law by President Trump contained something called the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” which says that minor league baseball players can’t be paid less than a weekly salary equal to the minimum wage.
That sounds well and good, but sportswriter Eno Sarris says that it might actually hurt more than it helps.