I am a former minor league player who left the game because I could not afford to keep doing it at $850/mo (20 years ago). I feel this is not cut and dry. I don't think players should get paid in the off season to practice. You are paid to play and perform, practice is your deal. But I do think that during the season, travel time and oregano prep and mandatory meetings and practices should count and if added up they take a player below min wage, they should be protected. I could barely eat enough food back then and the "bonus babies" or kids with rich parents has better gear, better food, better everything.so I also think equipment should be standardaized so that one player is not at a dosadvantage. This is especially true of Independant minor leagues where many don't even get cleats. Fair is fair. Also why would it even be close to minimum wage when minimum wage is for minimum qualifications. Not everyone can just go play in these games for them. These players (even if they don't make it) are providing a venue for MLB future stars to develop their skills. Pay them!