Texas Rangers Call Up Minor League Coach with Parkinsons So He Can Have Health Insurance
A heartwarming story. But why don't minor league coaches have insurance?
A heartwarming story from the Dallas Morning News:
If there is a sliver of good news to emanate from the sudden and mysterious resignation of Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, it concerns minor league roving hitting instructor Brian Dayett.
The Rangers on Tuesday added Dayett, 57, to their major league staff for the remaining two weeks of the season to satisfy a MLB directive to have a minimum of five coaches on the Major League Baseball pension and insurance plan.
It means a lot to Dayett, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
It will allow Dayett to increase his major league pension and to improve his insurance coverage at least through March, 2015. Dayett already had parts of five major league seasons in service while playing for the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs.
“We looked at our staff to see whose life could be most impacted,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “It’s just a small gesture. But Brian has worked with a lot of our young hitters and he’s beloved by the minor league hitters.”
It’s a nice gesture.
On the other hand, it strikes me as odd that coaches in the minor league systems of Major League Baseball teams don’t qualify for pensions, much less health insurance.