I saw this piece of text on Facebook posted there by a guy named Billy Dee. By no means I could have said it any better. It is very spot on. I just want it to share with you as it perfectly describes the result of the mutilation of MiLB by the greedy MLB owners.
The other big demographic of losers in Baseball Armageddon are the players. Around 1,000 paying jobs are going to be lost. They’re to be expected to all play for free (and without worker’s comp) in the absolute glut of amateur summer leagues?
“Hey son, great junior year at Arizona State. Now we want you to come out and play in the stadiums your college hitting coach played in 12 years ago. But unlike him, you won’t get paid. Unlike him, about a third of the guys you’ll compete against this summer can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. And if one of those jobbers hits you with a pitch on your wrist, or tears your knee while you’re making the pivot at second base, or didn’t hear you calling him off on that popup, and you’re waiting for James Andrews to return your call, yeah, you’re just effed.”
A lot more careers are going to end at 18, 20 or 22 that had been the norm. In others words, they’re never going to happen.
That upper-middle class kid from the outer ring of suburbs can do that. It’s an extension of what he’s been doing since he was 10 – playing travel ball three days out of the week as a quasiprofessional child. That upper-middle class kid is the face of American ballplayers in his generation. He is also overwhelming white, in a time when Major League Baseball and its fellow corporate behemoths virtue-signal with empty rhetoric about “inclusiveness” and “diversity.”
Diversity doesn’t put a paycheck in the pocket of that 17-year-old infielder from San Pedro de Macoris who is no longer going to be able to get off the island and wire money back to his family from Johnson City. Inclusiveness doesn’t clear the student debt for that 24-year-old black front-office staffer that graduated from a non-legacy school. That guy busts his ass 12 months out of the year to pull tarp, pick dirty diapers out of the stands after the game, and still show up in a coat and tie from chamber meetings in the middle of winter. And the white working-class kids aren’t even going into the industry as entry-level workers anymore, because fewer and fewer teams are paying their interns. And none of them are paying them even close to a living wage. The only diversity and inclusion going into baseball right now, on or off the field, are the ones who come from money, or are superlative talents.
For the American multi-sport athletes, how is this even going to be a competition? Baseball is guaranteeing every future multi-sport athlete becomes a Kyler Murray rather than a Brian Jordan.