During his days as a minor-league pitcher, Garrett Broshuis figured that the long bus rides, late-night workouts and meager pay were trade-offs for a chance to someday pitch in the big leagues.
He also believed those working conditions might be illegal.
Five years after hanging up his glove and spikes, Mr. Broshuis is putting that theory to the test. Earlier this year, the 32-year-old, now a lawyer in St. Louis, filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its 30 teams on behalf of several dozen former minor-league players. The allegation: Farm-club players make less than required by state and federal laws governing minimum wage and overtime.And if Mr. Broshuis gets his way in court there will be fewer chances for guys who'd kill for the same opportunities he had. I.e. to hone their baseball skills in the minor leagues--of which there will be fewer--so they can one day get paid big bucks to play a kids game in front of tens of thousands of fans in the stands.
So why does Broshuis want to deny those who come along after him, the shot at the show?