Two Los Angeles Angels minor leaguers went on the document to explain what they referred to as insufficient therapy of gamers inside the group, together with paying salaries too low for gamers to reside on.
Kieran Lovegrove, a pitcher for the Double-A Rocket Metropolis Trash Pandas, mentioned cash is so tight that gamers are coping with a “severe psychological well being disaster” about tips on how to make ends meet. He added that he was dwelling with six teammates in a three-bedroom condo the place one of many gamers sleeps within the kitchen. Lovegrove advised ESPN’s Joon Lee:
“It’s gotten to the purpose now the place there are guys who’re in a severe psychological well being disaster due to how demanding cash is right here. I actually do assume it impacts not solely their play on the sphere, however I believe it impacts high quality of life total. We’re reaching a degree now the place that is really changing into detrimental to the gamers’ total well being, and the proprietor not addressing it’s [the organization] actively saying that they don’t care concerning the well being of their gamers.”
Shane Kelso, a former pitcher for the Low-A Inland Empire 66ers, mentioned he retired earlier within the season as a result of dwelling circumstances for gamers. He mentioned the Angels paid him $1,600 a month, which was lower than his month-to-month hire. He added that some teammates lived out of vehicles as a result of a scarcity of cash. He mentioned his state of affairs was much like a lot of his teammates’, because the overwhelming majority of minor leaguers usually are not high picks and didn’t get giant signing bonuses.
Each gamers additionally mentioned entry to high quality meals was a problem for minor leaguers. Kelso mentioned the group advised gamers to devour between 3,500 and 4,500 energy per day, however supplied between 800 and 1,200. Lovegrove added that some teammates had their our bodies break down as a result of they resorted to consuming quick meals, which was not nutritious sufficient for them to keep up muscle mass.
Lovegrove accused Angels proprietor Arte Moreno of not “(giving) a s— concerning the profitable aspect” of a minor league system and cited the dearth of gamers the Angels’ system has produced in recent times. He contrasted it to the time he spent in Cleveland’s minor league system, the place the workforce supplied gamers with three meals a day and renovated weight rooms for minor leaguers. Lovegrove mentioned:
“It’s irritating whenever you’re sitting within the pen and also you’re listening to guys simply harp about how dangerous the possession is and the way dangerous the group is since you don’t need guys to be someplace that they’re sad. Is Moreno fully out of contact with the fact of what it’s prefer to be a participant? In all probability. I don’t see that basically altering as a result of I don’t know that he actually does care concerning the high quality of the group a lot because the sum of money it produces.”
Angels GM Perry Minasian referred to as the reported therapy “unacceptable” and mentioned the workforce would look into it.
Therapy of minor league gamers has been a sizzling matter in recent times, significantly after your complete 2020 season was canceled as a result of pandemic. Some house owners tried to remove funds to minor league gamers throughout that interval, solely to backpedal amid criticism from the general public and even MLB gamers. A narrative like this one will solely reignite that scrutiny.