MiLB - The Meat Grinder

So you want to be a professional baseball pitcher?

In fact, so dedicated are you that you are willing to sacrifice, deny yourself, enter personal debt, allow your family to support you for as long as it takes, put off any relationships or domestic aspirations.

Remember San Diego Padres/Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dirk Hayhurst? He has something to say about the inequalities of the game.


For those who may not know, the MLBPA routinely bargains away the rights of minor leaguers and amateurs, even though minor leaguers and amateurs have no say about, representation on or power over the MLBPA’s negotiating table. Is it not egregious that, in this country, rules for how one group of people should be treated can still be made by another group with zero discussion across the party lines?

Odd, isn’t it, that MLB will tout its charitable efforts and desire to see change in suffering communities? That it will set up institutions to help kids break out of poverty and punch their tickets to its meat grinder, wherein it will turn them into livestock, expect them to behave as such and toss them right back into the dirt when they fail?

But possibly the most odd and disturbing thing about all of this is, at some point in this dilemma, it became vulgar for minor leaguers—who truly do get paid like crap, treated like crap, worked like dogs and obsoleted when injured—to complain about any of it.

Fact is, most of these players will never ever get close to that scenario (MLB). The vast majority of the ones that do will get a brief nibble of the golden carrot before falling apart, never to be heard from again. And while you might think that nibble is well worth the effort—a shiny merit badge that tells the whole world you once made it to the top—that badge will not pay your bills, get you a job in the real world, or earn health coverage for your family.[/quote]

Read the entire Bleacher Report article:

Now if you still want to sell your soul…at least you are making an informed decision.

Dino said all that has to be said on the matter.