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Dodgers reimburse minor league players for clubhouse dues

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The Dodgers have reimbursed minor league gamers who had been improperly requested to pay clubhouse dues throughout spring coaching, based on basic supervisor Brandon Gomes, after a participant advocacy group highlighted the difficulty in a report final week.

“Their having to pay dues was a message that obtained misplaced alongside the way in which,” Gomes stated. “That was not the intention of something we had been making an attempt to do. We take a large amount of pleasure in caring for and ensuring our minor leaguers are in place. In order that was one thing that was not intentional.”

The scenario got here to gentle Thursday when a gaggle known as Advocates for Minor Leaguers reported on Twitter that indicators had been posted within the minor league spring coaching clubhouses of the Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins saying gamers had been required to pay clubhouse dues.

Clubhouse dues for gamers, which typically are used to tip clubhouse attendants and purchase different provides across the locker room, had been eradicated for minor leaguers by a directive from Main League Baseball in November 2020. The apply was banned on the main league stage in 2017, as a part of the league’s earlier collective bargaining settlement.

Gomes stated final week’s report — which included a photograph of an indication asking Dodgers minor leaguers to pay $40 — was the primary time the workforce’s entrance workplace was conscious dues had been being collected of their minor league clubhouse. The Dodgers took down their signal the following day and reimbursed their gamers by Sunday.

“As quickly as we caught wind, it was, ‘Hey, let’s deal with this the instantly,” stated Gomes, who’s in his first season as basic supervisor and beforehand oversaw the Dodgers farm system as director of participant improvement in 2018.

Though minor league gamers aren’t paid throughout spring coaching, Gomes famous the Dodgers offered housing and three meals a day to their gamers whereas they skilled in Arizona.

Advocates for Minor Leaguers was shaped in 2020 to advertise higher working circumstances for minor league gamers, who should not represented by a union.

The group’s govt director, Harry Marino, issued a press release Monday concerning the Dodgers’ reimbursement of gamers.

“We’re happy that the Dodgers moved rapidly to reimburse gamers who had been charged clubhouse dues this Spring Coaching,” Marino stated. “Minor Leaguers make poverty-level wages and haven’t obtained a paycheck since final September; they shouldn’t be required to pay the salaries of different workforce staff below any circumstances.

“This incident additional illustrates that every one skilled baseball gamers ought to have a seat on the desk to debate their working circumstances. Till that day comes, our group will proceed to carry MLB groups publicly accountable for his or her therapy of Minor Leaguers, as we now have promised.”

Dodgers minor leaguers have been leaving Arizona in current days to report back to their associates for the start of their seasons. The Dodgers’ triple A affiliate, the Oklahoma Metropolis Dodgers, opens its season Tuesday. The membership’s different three minor league outfits — the double A Tulsa Drillers, excessive A Nice Lakes Loons and low A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes — open their seasons Friday.