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Detroit Tigers News: MLB needs to pay minor league players

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At least one team might actually be listening

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MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Imagine being asked to work full days at your job in the hopes of netting that big dream role, but the catch: you’ll need to work 3-4 months for free. Free. Maybe a $20 per diem to grab dinner, but otherwise you won’t make a penny, and that big job is no guarantee. Sounds like an unpaid internship at a big firm in New York?

Nope, it’s the life of a minor league player.

In her recent post at The Athletic, prospect writer Emily Waldon spoke with 30 different minor league players and their spouses to get an inside look at just how difficult the MiLB grind can be, and just how unfair the pay is compared to the minor leagues of other sports. It is likely one of the most bristling and important pieces written on the topic of minor league pay and how MLB treats its up-and-comers. [Editor’s note: this article is currently behind an Athletic paywall, so be aware of that when you click]

At least one team has already taken action, as the Toronto Blue Jays will raise their minor league wages over 50%. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come from other teams.

Fortnite? More like Fort-not

Speaking of the Blue Jays, it seems like they were having some trouble with the video game Fortnite stealing attention from its players ahead of games, and they will be instituting a blackout of non-baseball related media an hour ahead of games.

Sounds like things took a more dramatic step in the Phillies clubhouse last season when Carlos Santana got so sick of seeing his teammates play the game during ballgames that he literally destroyed the TV they were using to play.

Yikes.

iWatch You Pitch

On the note of technology in games, it seems like the Washington Nationals will be testing out a new system for catchers to share signs with pitchers mid-game using a watch to communicate pitch type and location.

The idea being it will eliminate the risk of stolen signs, but the reality being that poking around on watches — that could probably be hacked — will do nothing to help with baseball’s pace of play concerns and is a pretty ridiculous suggestion overall.

TigerTown

Lou Whitaker is in Lakeland today.

The Tigers need to figure out what to do with Michael Fulmer.

Matt Hall has cat-like reflexes, as captured by our own Adam Dubbin.