Minor League Baseball has its own personal Fyre Fest, and it takes place in the Oakland A’s organization.
Photos of some A’s minor leaguers’ postgame meals went viral on Tuesday, one of them of a sloppy cheese sandwich that looked almost identical to the one at the infamous 2017 music festival.
The other was of what appeared to be a chicken burrito, with two minuscule pieces of chicken and a few vegetables.
The photos were shared by the Twitter account Advocates for Minor Leaguers, which is aimed at promoting fair pay at the lower levels of professional baseball.
“Players in the Oakland A’s organization shared these photos of their recent post-game meals,” the tweet said. “No employer would serve these meals to employees they care about. Why are the A’s serving them to their future Major Leaguers?”
In a response to the tweet, A’s president Dave Kaval called the situation “unacceptable” and said they had ended their contract with the independent food vendor weeks ago. The first photo was from May 18, according to ESPN, though the second may have been more recent.
The Advocates account released a statement to ESPN in response to Kaval:
“I appreciate Mr. Kaval’s prompt acknowledgement that these meals are unacceptable and his promise to do better going forward. Unfortunately, this is far from an isolated incident in Minor League baseball. Each and every day, I hear directly from players about the myriad ways in which they are being mistreated. While players are too scared to speak publicly, for fear of retaliation, their stories need to be heard. I would welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with Mr. Kaval or any other MLB representative who would like to hear these stories and work together to better the game of baseball for players at all levels.”
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