GOLDMAN: If each team paid that amount to its roughly 250 minor leaguers, it would cost about $ million. That's a year's salary for one Major League player not quite making the average of million. Major League Baseball can afford it but doesn't think it should have to. MLB responded to an interview request by emailing a statement. It says, federal guarantees of minimum wage and overtime pay don't apply to Minor League players. The majority of those players, says MLB, are short-term, seasonal apprentices. But minor leaguers typically sign a standard seven-year contract, and they work 50 to 60 hours a week at spring training and work during the off season on baseball skills and fitness all for no pay.
In many ways, the minor leagues, which also begin play in April, mirror the majors. But there are also ways in which life in the minors is quite different. In this edition of HowStuffWorks , we'll examine the world of minor league baseball by taking a behind-the-scenes look at one of the nation's most successful minor league clubs, the Triple-A Durham Bulls . We'll explore the relationship between the North Carolina-based team and its major league "parent" -- the Tampa Bay Devil Rays -- and learn more about what it takes to run a minor league baseball team as an entertainment business -- something baseball insiders say Durham does extremely well!