The whole situation is bass-ackwards.
Minor leaguers need the union, not the Major leaguers, i.e. the country club, whose per diems exceed minor league pay, and earn in a year what most folks slave away for until they are 65.
I'm gonna puke next time I hear a major leaguer go all Lech Walesa on us and talk about solidarity.
The owners are yet more odious, and deserve to lose at every stage, but really, it's millionaires fighting over the crumbs, each of which is a fortune.
I used to see ballgames at the Met for $2. Harmon Killebrew used to sell cars in the off-season. The money in MLB is ridiculous. They are a great depression away from irrelevance.
Or a major league saying they are thinking about their family and making them comfortable, especially when they enter the free agency days.
Of course, ownership makes sure they don't lose money. As player salary rises, everything else in the sport increases, too. If DECENT hot dogs were still a buck and beer 50-cents and seats $2.00, maybe he roster would be full, again, of guys making $35,000-60,000 a year.
And, yes, many a player HAD to have a job in the off-season that didn't involve house-hunting, or worry more about life after leaving the game.
But playing major league baseball is an elite moment in the profession. Only s many get to do it (think, the Twins have had roughly 800 guys put on the uniform at the major league level over half-a-century).
There are career opportunities, continuing on as coaches and managers and scouts or front office jobs (talk about people underpaid...because of supply and demand). If you do stick it out in the minors, you do see a bit larger payday around year 5-6. Or if you do get a 40-man roster spot.
But it is a profession of temporary employment, high turn around (always someone else looking to take your job).
But the owners still sit in their money bins counting the bucks and trying to figure out a way to seem competitive, but then convincing fans that "some win, some lose."