Major League Baseball has announced a new policy that will provide housing for almost all players in the minor leagues from next season.
The program, announced Thursday and unanimously approved by all 30 teams, is being touted as the next phase in MLB’s overhaul of its minor league system – one that began last year with pay rises for players of all levels and a reorganization of the minor leagues for to reduce travel on the season.
The housing guarantee covers approximately 90% of players in the minors – from Class AAA to extended spring training – with the only exceptions for players with existing major league contracts or players with minor league contracts of $ 100,000 or more.
Over the last many years, minor league players and advocates have drawn attention to the cramped living conditions and other challenges faced by players at the lower levels.
“This progress recognizes that the unprecedented nature of the last two years has further exacerbated the challenges of affordable housing across the country that existed before the pandemic,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “The owners are confident that this investment will help ensure that Minor League players have every opportunity to achieve their dreams of becoming Major Leaguers.”
During the 2021 season, some MLB teams provided some housing support to smaller league players, but the new policy will make it the standard across the board.