One of the most important things minor league teams provide players is post-game food.
But on Tuesday, images were leaked of some of the meals the Athletics organization served to its minor league players. Needless to say, they weren’t pretty.
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As the Advocates for Minor Leaguers Twitter account shared, the A’s meals were a bit lacking.
Players from the Oakland A organization shared these photos from their recent post-game meals.
No employer would serve these meals to the employees they care about. Why are the Athletics serving their future Major League Baseball players? pic.twitter.com/cIFqiPg6iX
– Minor League Defenders (@MiLBAdvocates) June 1, 2021
Apparently, the Athletics agreed with the assessment. In an image quote tweet, Athletics team president Dave Kaval called the meals “totally unacceptable” and confirmed that the organization had cut ties with the outside vendor weeks earlier.
This was totally unacceptable. When we found out several weeks ago, we fired the outside provider. We apologize to our players, staff and coaches. We will redouble our efforts to provide the best options for our team at all levels. https://t.co/yPzVWiCx1D
– Dave Kaval (@DaveKaval) June 2, 2021
Certainly this is a delicate move. Given that minor league athletes are already considerably underpaid, SN’s Ryan Fagan detailed the situation earlier this year, the least every major league organization can do is make sure their players are well fed after games.
And that’s especially true now that the minor leagues consist of just 120 teams, down from their pre-pandemic height of 160.
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Harry Marino, the CEO of Advocates for Minor Leaguers, was pleased to see Kaval’s comments, but also noted that these issues are not just within the Oakland organization and have yet to be addressed.
“I appreciate Mr. Kaval’s early recognition that these meals are unacceptable and his promise to make it better in the future,” Marino said. ESPN.
“Unfortunately, this is far from an isolated incident in minor league baseball. Every day, I hear directly from the players about the myriad ways they are being mistreated. While the players are too scared to speak in public. , for fear of retaliation, their stories need to be heard. I would appreciate the opportunity to work collaboratively with Mr. Kaval or any other MLB representative who would like to hear these stories and work together to improve the game of baseball for players of all the levels “.