Major League Baseball to cover housing costs for Minor League players

Victory Field in Indianapolis. (Photo Provided/Indianapolis Indians)

(WISH) — Major League Baseball (MLB) on Thursday announced their new “Minor League Housing Policy” that will provide more than 90% of Minor League players with housing.

Players will be provided furnished housing accomodations at each club’s expense beginning in the 2022 season.

The policy applies while the athletes are playing or practicing at any level — from Triple-A to Low-A.

Those who aren’t included in the program are players with existing Minor League Uniform Player Contracts and those scheduled to earn $100,000 or more over the course of the season.

The policy will cover nearly all Indianapolis Indians players and will likely cover all players with the South Bend Cubs and Fort Wayne TinCaps.

This program, MLB said, is the latest phase of the organization’s effort to address “longstanding issues that have impacted Minor League players.”

In 2021, MLB raised wages for Minor League players after widespread outcry about unfair pay.

According to The Associated Press, MLB raised wages between 38% and 72%.

Players at rookie and short-season levels saw the weekly minimum rise from $290 to $400, players at Class A from $290 to $500, at Double-A from $350 to $600 and at Triple-A from $502 to $700.

Minor League players are paid only in-season.