The Ancient Angels’ Perspective Reveals Dark Details About Minor League Life In The Anaheim System
Former LA Angels prospect Jack Kruger shared disturbing experiences he had as a minor league baseball player.
Kruger spent more than five of his six years as a minor leaguer with the Angels organization, so unfortunately many of the truths he shared relate to the Halos’ treatment of him and his teammates. To read the thread for yourself, click the tweet below:
Kruger shared that when he started at Rookie Ball, he was unfortunately only paid $480 per paycheck, which was awarded to him every two weeks. This is unacceptable. No one can live off that, and he didn’t get paid at all in the offseason.
This explains why the following year he said he had to live in a two-bedroom apartment with seven teammates. The apartment was unfurnished and they slept on air mattresses. One of them even had to sleep in the kitchen.
This is alarming given that the LA Angels were accused of treating their minor leaguers incredibly unfairly last year. Now more comes out. No one seems to want to talk about the elephant in the room which is how these baseball players are treated before signing Major League contracts.
Although Kruger was a multiple-time Minor League All-Star, he only got paid $12,000 all last year in Triple-A. No one can claim that’s right.
Kruger even shared that some of his teammates were homeless. The only fair salary he received was $1,500 a week during Major League spring training. Eventually, however, the season would start and the unfair pay would begin again.
He said some teammates even work three jobs outside of this one to make ends meet. This type of culture must end. And if other MLB teams don’t, then the Angels have to be first.
It’s ridiculous that information like this is sometimes revealed, and angels are too often at the forefront of it. This kind of change starts at the top, and it’s time for Moreno to get on with it.
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