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MLB Teams To Provide Housing for Minor Leaguers Starting in 2022.

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https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/32419545/major-league-baseball-require-teams-provide-housing-minor-league-players-starting-2022-sources-say?platform=amp

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While MLB has yet to outline its plan formally, six team officials told ESPN they are starting to prepare to help house players across each of their four minor league affiliates. In mid-September, according to sources, owners from the league's 30 teams agreed unanimously to a plan that would provide housing for minor league players.

I think this is the smarter way to go about it.  Hopefully they will be some balance between providing actual housing and providing stipends, maybe depending on marital status and seniority.

Mostly I see this as a boon for the International player who I think is the real victim in this story despite the more media savvy Americans getting the press.

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Total no-brainer.

Hopefully this comes as actual housing owned by the teams in the minor league cities as opposed to a housing stipend provided to the players. Real estate is a fine investment for the team's investment portfolio and it is so difficult for the players to get anywhere near market rate trying to rent furnished apartments for less than 6 month terms (not to mention that they can be promoted, demoted or released at any time) that a housing stipend would be wildly inefficient. Teams know how many players will be at each level. Buy the real estate (or rent it for a full season's term) and allow the players to live there. When players change levels there will always be the correct amount of housing available. Don't make the players have to worry about it at all.

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1 hour ago, MurphDogg said:

Total no-brainer.

Hopefully this comes as actual housing owned by the teams in the minor league cities as opposed to a housing stipend provided to the players. Real estate is a fine investment for the team's investment portfolio and it is so difficult for the players to get anywhere near market rate trying to rent furnished apartments for less than 6 month terms (not to mention that they can be promoted, demoted or released at any time) that a housing stipend would be wildly inefficient. Teams know how many players will be at each level. Buy the real estate (or rent it for a full season's term) and allow the players to live there. When players change levels there will always be the correct amount of housing available. Don't make the players have to worry about it at all.

Except that some players will be married and have children and they might have reasons for preferring a stipend.

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5 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

Except that some players will be married and have children and they might have reasons for preferring a stipend.

First off, decades overdue.  Why not do both?  The team can own or lease apartments for the players, but players can opt out and take a stipend to put towards a house if they have a family.  

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Just now, yark14 said:

First off, decades overdue.  Why not do both?  The team can own or lease apartments for the players, but players can opt out and take a stipend to put towards a house if they have a family.  

Sure, I agree.

I honestly think a barracks situation might work for the young single folks.

I lived in the enlisted barracks for years and it ranged from not bad to pretty darn nice.

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It is long overdue. Something as simple as signing a lease for most people, is problematic for minor league players. It will be interesting to follow different teams’ solutions. 

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On 10/21/2021 at 9:59 AM, Jammer7 said:

It is long overdue. Something as simple as signing a lease for most people, is problematic for minor league players. It will be interesting to follow different teams’ solutions. 

I missed the details of this. I had thought it would be one solution across MLB. Is it instead up to each organization to come up with their own approach?

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1 minute ago, justD said:

I missed the details of this. I had thought it would be one solution across MLB. Is it instead up to each organization to come up with their own approach?

They haven't formally announced the plan(s).

My guess is they will let the teams handle it.

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Wondering if in a city like Bowie you could have an arrangement between the ball club and Bowie State U. to take over 10-15 dorm rooms from April - October.   Of course there is some overlap between college terms and baseball seasons but it shouldn’t be that many dorm rooms unavailable to students.

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On 10/19/2021 at 8:24 PM, yark14 said:

First off, decades overdue.  Why not do both?  The team can own or lease apartments for the players, but players can opt out and take a stipend to put towards a house if they have a family.  

This sounds like the most logical and fair way, though that probably means they won't do it!

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On 10/23/2021 at 9:11 PM, justD said:

I missed the details of this. I had thought it would be one solution across MLB. Is it instead up to each organization to come up with their own approach?

 

On 10/23/2021 at 9:13 PM, Can_of_corn said:

They haven't formally announced the plan(s).

My guess is they will let the teams handle it.

Would definitely make more sense to have broad parameters then allow teams to customize rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Just the differences between places like Norfolk and Delmarva, for example, could make the latter near impossible to manage.

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I've sometimes wondered (90% goofy mode) if the relative proximity of Delmarva/Aberdeen/Bowie might ever mean the Orioles having an A-/A+/AA academy near the Bay Bridge could be productive.

Any Shorebird or Ironbird would be an hour plus between the ballpark and complex most days, but that's pregame planning and postgame swing decision reviews.   Willy Yahn could have the same bed all summer.

I always picture Matt Blood as like the dorm RA in this setup, but you could also have the mental skills folks, chef making Randy Arozarena's chicken and rice, pitchers sharing grips and training tips, etc, etc.

Norfolk would need the bullet train though.

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