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Steve Cohen’s Tweeting Reportedly Cited in Minor League Class Action Lawsuit

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I thought it was bad enough when New York Mets Owner Steve Cohen was using Twitter to blast his own players and try to out sources. And while I guess I won’t say the latest is even worse, it might be the most expensive.

A particularly egregious tweet has Cohen and his fellow owners in potential trouble in relation to the ongoing minor league wage class action lawsuit:

Remember when the Mets failed to sign first round draft pick Kumar Rocker because of a disagreement about the physical health of his arm? As soon as word broke, Cohen was out there tweeting this:

Even at the time, we all knew that was a bad, bad thing to say publicly (I quoted the tweet in the original story, and the discussions that night were WILD – look at the replies to the tweet for however long it’s still up). In trying to defend that the Mets weren’t just being cheap, Cohen was telling the world that the MLB Draft and the Minor League system were really effective ways to underpay players. Not exactly the kind of thing you want to put on the record when you are (1) constantly fighting with players about whether they are appropriately paid (and with a CBA expiration looming!), and (2) in the middle of a years long class action lawsuit about the legal sufficiency of minor league pay.

Kaplan’s article digs into the state of that case, and why Cohen’s tweet figured into it more specifically. You can be sure his fellow owners cringed when they saw it (still not deleted, by the way!), and fear whatever might come next. The ramifications of the tweeting, it seems, are not just limited to the Mets’ own inability to fill their open front office position.

As for minor league compensation, the suit will proceed (on into next year) in the hopes that minor leaguers will be compensated at least minimum wage for all the hours they put in. Major League Baseball has committed to providing housing for players going forward, and raised pay last year, but it still doesn’t feel like enough to properly take care of such a critical part of the sport (to say nothing of just doing the normal, decent, human thing).



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.