Kansas City Royals to pay Minor League Players.

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The Kansas City Royals are considered one of the smallest markets in professional baseball. However, the Royals made a big decision regarding their minor league players on Friday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the club will pay all of their minor league players for the upcoming season without making any cuts.

Earlier this week, the Oakland Athletics said they would stop paying their minor league players at the end of the month. As for other teams, teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, and Chicago White Sox released several minor league players this week.

Dayton Moore on Royals Minor League Players

During a call on Friday, Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said that the higher level-employees took cuts and that the club will now avoid layoffs and furloughs inside the organization. Dayton Moore also spoke about the club’s decision to stand by their minor league athletes.

“Understand this: The minor league players, the players you will never know about, the players that never get out of rookie ball or High-A, those players have as much impact on the growth of our game then 10-year or 15-year veteran players.

“They have as much opportunity to influence the growth of our game as those individuals who played for a long time because those individuals go back into their communities and teach the game.”

Dayton Moore has talked a lot about the culture of an organization and treating people like family, so it is encouraging to see those words backed up by action.

Players Reactions

Royals players such as Nicky Lopez, Hunter Dozier, and Whit Merrifield took to social media once they heard the news.

The Royals are in their first year under new ownership led by Kansas City businessman John Sherman. Sherman purchased the team from David Glass this past fall. This type of gesture should help Sherman start off strong and be appreciated by the fan base. This has already been a tough season for everyone so its good to see the organization caring for all involved.

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Nick Whyman is an editor at Overtime Heroics and has been writing for OTH since January of 2020. Whyman is also a Senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Broadcasting.