NEW YORK (AP) — Leaders from the New York Mets recently held what’s believed to be an unprecedented meeting with the nonprofit group Advocates for Minor Leaguers to discuss pay and working conditions in the minors, and another meeting is planned soon that will include players from the team’s farm system.
The meeting was brokered in part by New York State Sen. Jessica Ramos, who wrote a letter in January to Mets owner Steven Cohen imploring him to address several issues regarding the employment of minor league players.
Ramos noted salaries that routinely fall below $15,000 per year along with “inadequate housing, nutrition, travel arrangements, and more.” Ramos also attended the April meeting.
The sides were to meet again Monday, this time with Mets players at the table, but the discussion was postponed to a to-be-determined date.
The Mets declined to comment when asked about the meetings, which were first reported by The Athletic.
“Since Steve Cohen took ownership of the Mets in 2020, he has been so responsive to the fans and cared for the team in a way that matches our devotion to the team,” Ramos said in a statement to The Associated Press. “I’m looking forward to sitting down with Uncle Steve and the minor leaguers so we can work out a way to finish the job, and extend that same sense of care to all the players.”
Mets minor league players with the High-A Brooklyn Cyclones were among those who protested working conditions last September by wearing teal wristbands featuring the hashtag #FairBall — a demonstration organized by Advocates for Minor Leaguers. Those High-A players made a minimum of $500 per week, paid only during the roughly six-month season.
Cohen promised last July on Twitter to examine the Mets’ treatment of minor league players. Responding to a New York Daily News article…