Northwest Arkansas Naturals general manager Justin Cole
A federal lawsuit looms over Minor League Baseball like a threatening storm, and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals are keeping an eye on it as it unfolds in a California court.
On Feb. 7, 2014, former players sued for overtime and minimum wage pay for those who don’t make the big leagues. They sued Major League Baseball, Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, former commissioner Bud Selig and three MLB franchises in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. The case was later expanded to all 30 MLB franchises before eight teams were dismissed from the suit.
The suit claims players aren’t paid for off-season training, are paid $1,100 per month in the first season, and in the following seasons, receive wages based on a non-negotiable salary scale.
On July 21, Chief Magistrate... [ MORE ]