The Supreme Court has decided that the lawsuit being brought by former Minor League Baseball players against Major League Baseball over not being paid minimum wage, nor being paid for spring training and extended spring training can move forward after MLB appealed the decision made at a lower level court.
This is both a big deal, but also not as big of a deal as it may initially sound. The ruling from Monday was only about the class action status of the lawsuit. What the decision wasn’t related to was anything about the lawsuit itself. The suit, being led by Garrett Broshuis – a former pitcher in the minors and now an attorney who is also doing great work for Advocates for Minor Leaguers – is seeking back pay for time spent in both Arizona and Florida playing professionally back to 2009 spring training.
What that means is that nearly every single minor league baseball player since 2009 would be eligible to join the class action lawsuit. As reported by Baseball America, players who spent time playing in the California League would also be eligible to join (though it’s unlikely one would have played in that league, but also never have been at a spring training or instructional league) – but, it could mean that players who passed through the California League could be due more back pay.