March 12, 2018
I have been following the professional baseball career of Red Sox farmhand Ty Buttrey, who not only shares my last name, but also my birth date. On the other hand, I’m guessing his fastball has more movement than mine.
Ty signed for a million dollars out of high school in 2012, and has been in the minors ever since. He began last season with the Red Sox’s Double-A team in Portland, Maine, before getting promoted (briefly) to the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, before getting sent back down to Portland.
Ty got a few innings in with the big boys during Spring Training, but was recently optioned back to Pawtucket, where I assume he’ll start the season.
There is a point to all of this.
The minimum salary for a major league baseball player is $545,000.
The average player in Triple A earns about $2,400 a month. For five months.
Yup, there’s big money for the superstars who make it to The Show. But you also understand how the owners can afford the massive salaries at the top end; those salaries are effectively being subsidized by the young and eager athletes (many of whom are from other countries) who have no bargaining leverage.