Today is the home opener of the Rochester Red Wings baseball team. Their season started a week ago but they have been playing out of town until today. The Red Wings are in the AAA (AKA Triple-A) classification. That means that they are one step below the major league.
A son of my cousin played professional baseball for a few years. I’ll call him Bob. That isn’t his real name but that is his picture. Bob had played baseball in college and did really well, even winning player of the year. When he graduated in 2000 he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. Few baseball players start right into the major leagues. Instead he was sent to the Mahoning Valley (PA) Scrappers. That team is just a Single-A team. Those players are paid but according to data online they only get $1000 to $2500 per week. Plus that team plays a short season which is somewhere around 13 weeks.
In 2001 Bob was sent to the Kinston (NC) Indians. That was another Single-A team and they also play a short season. That meant that Bob got to spend the rest of the summer at another Single-A team; Columbus (OH) Redstixx.
Bob went back to the Kinston Indians at the beginning of the summer 2002. But that was it. He never got up any farther in professional baseball. He end up playing in 212 games over those three years. He probably never made a whole lot of money playing baseball but at least he can say that he was, at least for a time, a professional baseball player.
There are a lot of minor league players that are hoping that maybe they could make it to the major league. Most of the lower level players keep playing because they love the game. The money sure isn’t that good.