Former scout sues Major League Baseball over minimum wage violations, collusion


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Major League Baseball is being sued for underpaying employees in violation of federal labor laws and for colluding in order to keep salaries low and to limit job opportunities.

In the past it was major league players, but they’re now well-paid and normally not colluded against. In the past couple of years we’ve seen multiple lawsuits filed by minor leaguers and stadium employees over their being forced to work for low wages and no overtime.

Now, via Nathan Grow at FanGraphs, is word that a former scout has sued for making less than minimum wage, not getting overtime despite working far more than 40 hours a week and for clubs colluding with one another and agreeing to not compete for scouting talent in violation of the federal antitrust laws. You can read the entire complaint here. It’s a class action filed by Jordan Wykoff. One of his attorneys is Garrett Broshuis, the same guy representing the minor leaguers in their labor law case.

Grow has a good and thorough analysis of the complaint, including some talk about how baseball’s antitrust exemption is narrow, and is even more narrowly construed by New York courts, where this case is filed, than California courts where the minor league case and some other high-profile cases involving the antitrust exemption have been filed and, ultimately, lost.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.