Love Letters From Pronk is an ongoing series where Pronk shares his love for somebody connected to the Cubs or baseball. Sometimes funny, sometimes weird, sometimes touching, Pronk likes to make 100% sure people know that they are loved, and best expresses that through gushing letters. Today's recipient: The Adopt-A-Minor-Leaguer team: Michael Rivers, Anthony Shew, and Mariana Guzman
Adopt a Minor Leaguer has a fantastic Twitter account and website. Their mission is simple, to support minor leaguers as they struggle to pay their bills while trying to make the show. I'm a sucker for charitable causes, and supporting minor leaguers is a growing interest of mine. For a while, I thought that being in the minor leagues was like that first low paid internship you get in college; you do it for a phase to get some work experience and then it leads to a great job. But as I learned just how little minor leaguers are paid, how few of them actually make the big leagues and earn a large salary, and how hard it is to support themselves while trying to work on their game; I realized there are a lot of minor leaguers out there who could use our support. A big catalyst for my education and understanding of this issue is because of Adopt a Minor Leaguer. So today, I'd like to thank them.
Dear Adopt a Minor Leaguer (AML),
I want to thank all of you for having a heart for minor leaguers, and for standing up for some young men in need. The underpayment of minor leaguers is an issue that was swept under a rug for so many years. As it's become more newsworthy, you haven't just sat back and raised awareness. Instead, you've been metaphorical boots on the ground, fighting in the frontlines for people you don't even know.
I'm sure all the players are thanking you constantly, but I wanted to you to know that your efforts have not gone unnoticed by others. It's inspired me to take a closer look into the minor leagues, and learn more about all of my favorite big league team's affiliates. baseball has many deeper layers, and the minor leagues are a huge one that's very deserving of our attention. These players aren't scrubs. They are young men who are just a step away from achieving an ultimate goal.
I know it must take a ton of effort to maintain the organization. Between managing players, sponsors, and all the websites and social media in between, I can only imagine how busy you all are. Your efforts have very tangible impact on many people. Obviously the players, who are able to have some of their financial questions answered. But even the sponsors, who gain many intangibles from your organization.
Thank you for all that you do. Keep it up!