Life as a Minor Leaguer
Mike Ashmore who writes a blog for the Trenton Thunder, AA affiliate of the Yankees has this excellent article about life in the minors. Its an essential read for anyone with ambitions to play pro ball.
Baseball players know what you think of them.
They’re overpaid. They’re spoiled. Everything’s been handed to them.
If you’ve lived the life, however, you already know perception does not match reality. At least not in the minor leagues. Not even close.
If you’ve been around minor league baseball long enough, you know that the glamour of “The Show” feels much further away than a phone call or a few rungs on the baseball ladder. The long, uncomfortable bus rides, the picked-over food spreads, the cramped locker rooms, the tiny hotels. None of it screams big leagues.
But the biggest difference may very well be the money. The minimum annual salary in Major League Baseball currently sits at $400,000. Meanwhile, most players at the minor league level who haven’t reached minor league free agency are lucky to make $10,000 over the course of a season; a survey of players revealed that those in rookie ball make $1,250-1,300 a month while players in Triple-A, the highest level of the minors, can make roughly $1,000 more per month while under the contracted amount.