Minor-league baseball players are seasonal contractors who voluntarily sign the terms of their employment. They are kids chasing a dream, and are willing to do whatever it takes to give it a shot. Much like young artists, actors, and musicians, baseball players are entertainers. Whether taking improv classes as an actor, practicing in the basement as a musician or working out in the offseason as an athlete, entertainers work on their craft constantly, hoping to create better opportunities and contracts in the future. Forcing teams or theater companies to pay these folks during the offseason would drive up the cost of admission, thus drying up the community support upon which the organization depends. As the $15/hr workers in San Fransisco will soon find out, there comes a point at which labor costs become prohibitive, and businesses either automate or shut their doors. Less teams = less opportunity. Player's Associations (Unions) understand this, but unfortunately career politicians do not.