One of the most important things that minor league teams provide players is the postgame meal.
But on Tuesday, pictures of some of the meals that the Athletics organization served its minor leaguers were leaked. Needless to say, they weren’t pretty.
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As shared by the Advocates for Minor Leaguers Twitter account, the A’s meals were a bit lacking.
The A’s apparently agreed with the assessment. In a quote tweet of the picture, A’s team president Dave Kaval called the meals “totally unacceptable” and confirmed that the organization had cut ties with the third-party vendor weeks before.
Certainly, this is a sensible move. Given that minor league athletes are already considerably underpaid — SN’s Ryan Fagan detailed the situation earlier this year — the least that each MLB organization can do is make sure that its players are well-fed after games.
And that’s especially true now that the minor leagues consist of just 120 teams, down from their pre-pandemic height of 160.
Harry Marino, the executive director of Advocates for Minor Leaguers, was pleased to see Kaval’s comments, but he also pointed out that these issues are not just within the Oakland organization and still need to be addressed.
“I appreciate Mr. Kaval’s prompt acknowledgment that these meals are unacceptable and his promise to do better going forward,” Marino said, per ESPN.
“Unfortunately, this is far from an isolated incident in Minor League baseball. Each and every day, I hear directly from players about the myriad ways in which they are being mistreated. While players are too scared to speak publicly, for fear of retaliation, their stories need to be heard. I would welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with Mr. Kaval or any other MLB representative who would like to hear these stories and work together to better the game of baseball for players at all levels.”
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