Recently, I was looking at the MLBPA FAQ on MLB.com, because that’s the kind of guy I am. My actual reason for going there was to brush up on “Super Two” status. But something else caught my eye:
Q: How much are union dues?
A: The players’ dues are $65 per day during the season.
I really let that sink in. $65 a day.
Let’s assume, for a moment, that that $65/day only applies to game days (because it makes the math simpler and it is the day before Thanksgiving, after all.) Let’s further assume that it applies only to the regular season. That’s 162 days at $65/day, or $10,530.
Now, let’s assume that only players on a major league team’s 25-man roster have to pay this amount. This probably isn’t the case, but let’s assume it for a moment, anyway. That’s 25 guys, 30 teams, 162 days, $65/day.
The bare minimum the MLBPA makes on dues alone in one year – the absolute minimum, assuming no minor leaguers pay them and that off-days are not counted, and that the post-season is not counted – is almost $8 million.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.