Minor League Baseball Unionization One Year Later: ’Now We Just Get to Play Baseball’

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Sports Illustrated

By Emma Baccellieri Usually, at this point in the calendar, Mark Washington would be working to secure an off-season gig. The minor league pitcher was accustomed to this scramble: After grinding through the season, Washington lined up a new job for the winter, spending the next few months getting up early for workouts before spending hours on his feet at work and trying to cram in bullpen sessions or additional time in the gym where he could. It was not exactly the ideal way to hone his craft as a ballplayer. But he didn’t have a choice. There was no pay for minor leaguers in the winter—or in …

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