Amid all the problems the Los Angeles Angels have with their Major League roster, things are far, far worse at the minor league levels.
On Thursday, a Twitter account called “Advocates for Minor Leaguers,” which has worked to connect the stories of minor leaguers to the general public, tweeted an explosive account of the minor league experience in the Angels system this season.
Friday afternoon, ESPN’s Joon Lee released a story detailing the conditions of those in the organization.
Kieran Lovegrove, an active pitcher for the Double-A Rocket City Trash Pandas, said he is living with six other teammates in a three-bedroom apartment, sleeping on a twin mattress, with one person sleeping in the kitchen and two others in the living room. Others like Shane Kelso — who spent part of the 2021 season with the low-A Inland Empire 66ers, another Angels affiliate, before retiring due to the living conditions for players — said four teammates bunked in a camper van in a trailer park while others lived out of cars.https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31870740/some-players-say-los-angeles-angels-failing-treatment-minor-league-level-gm-vows-address-it
Detailed are complaints about housing, about nutrition, and just about general welfare, including mental health.
Perhaps the most unexpected part of the article was when Kieran Lovegrove recounted that other organizations had much better systems and provided much more for their minor leaguers than the Angels do. The mistreatment of minor leaguers has been well-documented, but there had been a general blanket assumption that all Major League parent organizations had more or less the same type of operating system. This is not the case.
Lovegrove previously played in the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. He said that there was a large gap between how he was treated previously versus in the Angels’ farm system.
“Cleveland redid their entire weight room, providing three meals a day. They were flying guys out,” Lovegrove said. “They were giving a lot of players, not just their top prospects, the opportunity to seriously improve themselves under the eye of the organization, and in doing so, I think they produced significantly better players than they would have had their system operated like the Angels.”https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31870740/some-players-say-los-angeles-angels-failing-treatment-minor-league-level-gm-vows-address-it
It won’t change what has happened in the past, but hopefully Moreno and the Angels do something to rectify this situation—quickly.