If You’re Hurt, Where is Home? Recently Drafted Minor League Baseball Players are Compelled to Bring Workers’ Compensation Action in Team’s Home State or In Jurisdiction More Favorable to Employers
Lisa P. Masteralexis
Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management; McCormack Department of sport management
September 20, 2010
Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2010
In June 2009 Major League Baseball unilaterally added two new clauses to the first year player contract that newly drafted players are required to sign after they are drafted in the June First Year Player Draft. The first, entitled Addendum F, requires players to submit to the jurisdiction of the home team for workers’ compensation claims. Addendum F may also be used to require a workers’ compensation claim to be filed outside the club’s home state and in a state with laws more favorable to employees. The second, Addendum G, paragraph C, requires that if a minor league player chooses to use his own physician to perform a medical procedure instead of the team physician, the minor league player must pay the difference between the team doctor’s cost for treatment and the cost of his personal physician’s care.
This article will examine the application of workers compensation law to minor league professional athletes. It will argue that a minor league player should be able to bring a workers’ compensation action in their home state and should not be compelled to bring the case in the home state of his employer/team or in another jurisdiction, for example Arizona, where the workers’ compensation laws favor the employer. The article will also examine the inequity of the imposition of Addenda F & G on minor league players and how it may limit the ability of an injured minor league player to obtain medical benefits. Finally, the article will conclude by suggestion some options available to players to address the unjust working conditions imposed on minor league baseball players.
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Date posted: March 20, 2011 ; Last revised: July 14, 2011