Miami Marlins: This is Misery

By J.S.Cruz
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The finger is yours Miami, so is the hammer. If you thought the Miami Marlins would make good to the city, well it is too late. The promised days of misery are not gone.

Forget the new state-of-the-art Marlins Park, the franchise is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor for having interns without pay.

Even though many industries can have interns without salaries, this can only happen when the internship will be part of the intern’s education, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, not for its own benefits.

Isn’t this front office the most miserable franchise on the planet? After all, the cry for the $525-millions stadium was mostly financed by the city and the fathers of these kids.

Is this way of treating the young roots of the city that gave you housing, of those who will tell the history of the team?

This is about saving $7.25, the minimum wage, maybe for four, 10 hours per week for these students looking for an opportunity of touching the real business world.

Is this the real sport business world? What is the Marlins’ front office thinking?

Well, they do not hear advice, because the San Francisco Giants knocked in June the misery doors and it cost them $500,000 in back wages and damages.

MLB does not have control on this, but it is planning to have an office soon to watch it. Well, Miami students have hope.

How far the Marlins front office will go?

Just in case, if you are planning to go the stadium, buying a gap or a Stanton jersey, don’t give them your credit card. Just remember that if they don’t want to pay students $7.25 per hour, what would they do with your American Express?

J. S. Cruz is a Miami Marlins writer for Follow him on Twitter @jscruzme and on Facebook.

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