How Minor-League Baseball Players Side Hustled Through the Pandemic

by Krithika Varagur @ The Wall Street Journal

Minor-league baseball is the raw talent pool for the great American pastime, but it has never been an easy job, nor a high-paying one for most players. The pandemic was especially hard on minor leaguers. From March 2020, when their spring training shut down, until now, with their new season finally under way, players did their best to navigate the pandemic.

Like many Americans, their paths included joining the gig economy, filing for unemployment, collecting stimulus checks, moving back home and dealing with intense uncertainty—while also pushing to stay in game shape.