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The average annual salary for a professional baseball player is just over $3 million. But Major League Baseball is once again under scrutiny from the U.S Department of Labor over the issue of whether the big leagues properly pay the little guys.

Four teams have been called out by the department: The Miami Marlins, the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Athletics, and the Baltimore Orioles.

Currently only two of those four teams are actively under investigation by the United States Labor Department: The San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins.

Myron Levin is the Executive Editor of Fair Warning, a nonprofit online publication that investigates health, safety and labor concerns. He says the issues these MLB teams are having with the Department of Labor are over required minimum wage, overtime, and the compensation of interns.

“When you have to work 11 hours, if it’s $55 that you’re getting, you’re not getting minimum wage. The federal minimum is 7 and a quarter, in California and some other places it’s higher,” Levin said. “And they’re not getting overtime. In a week that you work more than 40 hours, you’re supposed to receive time and half of your regular pay–overtime pay–and they’re not getting that.”

Regarding the practices, a senior MLB Wage and Hour official stated last summer:

“What I need to be able to do is explain… exactly how we are working collaboratively to ensure that other franchises are moving toward compliance.”

Read the full report on Fair Warning’s website.

Credit: Sebastian Perry and Jonathan Munoz