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DUNEDIN Mike Trout Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Union head Tony Clark lauded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for giving minor league players a 50 percent raise, and he hopes other clubs do the same.Representatives from the players’ association visited the Blue Jays spring training camp a day after The Athletic reported the team planned to boost pay for all minor leaguers, some making as little as $1,100 a month during the five-month season. By comparison, the major league minimum is $555,000 per year http://www.angelsfanpr...hentic-zack-cozart-jersey , and the top players make over $30 million annually.Minor league salaries are paid by major league teams only during the season, so players do not get compensated during spring training or the offseason. Those who don’t receive lucrative signing bonuses often struggle to afford meals, rent and basic equipment like cleats and bats.Toronto is the first club to announce such a raise.“I’m glad there has been some dialogue and a decision made in the last week to suggest that guys are going to be compensated differently than they may have been in the past,” he said. “We’ll have to see how other teams either do or don’t fall in line behind them.”A lawsuit filed by former minor league players alleging MLB violated minimum wage and overtime requirements was disrupted last year when congress passed the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” which stripped minor leaguers of the protection of federal minimum wage laws.MLB has also pushed Arizona lawmakers to exempt minor league players from minimum wage laws there, a move that would affect hundreds of players who are not paid during spring training — despite working as many as 12 hours per day — and make only a few thousand dollars playing in the rookie-level Arizona League.Clark noted conditions in the minor leagues have not changed much since he played there in the early 1990s. Despite that Garrett Richards Jersey , the union has accomplished little at the bargaining table on behalf of minor leaguers.Clark said he considers minor leaguers “a part of the puzzle” for the union, but added there are challenges to that relationship. Minor league players are not part of the major league players’ association, nor are they unionized themselves.The collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the union runs through the 2021 season, and the next round of negotiations could be difficult given player displeasure over a slowdown in free agent spending. Clark declined to lay out the union’s priorities for those negotiations but maintained that minor league pay would be a consideration.“Although we don’t represent legally the minor league group, we will continue to do the things that we can do to support them moving forward despite that,” Clark said.Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington told The Athletic that Toronto hoped players would use the extra money to find better housing and food. It’s not uncommon for minor leaguers to cram up to eight players into two-bedroom apartments http://www.angelsfanpr...hentic-zack-cozart-jersey , sleeping on air mattresses to stretch meager salaries.“We just feel like it’s consistent with our values of trying to be a player-centered organization and give them every resource possible to be at their best,” Cherington said.First-year Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo was a minor league manager for 18 seasons. He said it’s “awesome” that Toronto is boosting pay.“Hopefully that gives an idea to everybody else in baseball,” he said. “That’s awesome I think. I’m proud to be a Blue Jay by what we just did.”Top prospects Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio also praised the move. Both had big league fathers and received sizable signing bonuses, so the salary bump won’t have much effect for them, but they’re thrilled for less fortunate teammates.“It’s definitely going to help a lot of people out,” Bichette said.“It takes their mind off if they have families at home Huston Street Jersey ,” Biggio added. “Some of them are married. It’s hard to live off that especially. That puts a lot of pressure on their wives or their family back home. So that makes it a little bit easier to focus on baseball itself instead of trying to maybe skip a meal and save a little money.” The Boston Red Sox have advanced to the 2018 World Series and will take on the winner of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.Books opened the Red Sox as -130 favorites against the Dodgers and -200 favorites against the Brewers in World Series lookahead lines.Following Thursday’s American League Championship Series Game 5 win against the Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox have officially punched their ticket to the 2018 World Series.Their opponent in the Fall Classic has yet to be determined as the Los Angeles Dodgers hold a 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series.>> Sign up for The Action Network’s daily newsletter to get the smartest MLB conversation delivered into your inbox each morning.Los Angeles Dodgers (+100) vs. Boston Red Sox (-130)The Red Sox are expected to be small favorites over the Dodgers should Los Angeles advance to the World Series.The Dodgers’ brand and the popularity of its players are likely keeping Los Angeles as a shorter underdog than it should (or will) be.Milwaukee Brewers (+160) vs. Boston Red Sox (-200)Despite having a better regular-season record than the Dodgers, the Milwaukee Brewers are considered much less likely to beat the Red Sox in the World Series in these odds.Milwaukee currently trails Los Angeles in the NLCS, meaning books are likely anticipating much less action coming in on the Brewers compared to the Dodgers (due to the current perception of each team).

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