MLBPA gives Fehr $11 million severance package

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Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com reports that Donald Fehr will receive an $11 million severance package when he steps down as executive director of the MLB Players Association.
Michael Weiner has already been voted in as the replacement for Fehr, who has headed the MLBPA since 1983. He was paid $1 million annually from 2001-2008 and sources told Nelson that his salary “has been stagnant since before that as well” because Fehr declined raises that were offered to him.
Instead “the framework was in place from those offers to determine a fair package for Fehr when he decided to step down” and his severance was approved by the players last month, with an estimated 97 percent voting in favor. “I think without a doubt there was no hesitation,” union subcommittee member and Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson said. “We kept looking at how much Bud Selig makes and we looked at how much Don Fehr hasn’t made.”
Selig reportedly earns around $18 million annually and Nelson points out that Fehr’s basketball counterpart, Billy Hunter, took home $3.5 million this year.

José Ramirez’s 17-pitch at-bat kickstarts Indians’ five-run comeback in ninth inning

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With his team trailing 8-3 to begin the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Astros, Indians third baseman José Ramirez eventually won a 17-pitch at-bat against closer Ken Giles, ripping a double off of the wall in right field. The Indians would go on to score five runs on seven hits to tie the game against Giles and Hector Rondon. Ramirez almost won the game in his second at-bat of the ninth inning, but first basebamn Yuli Gurriel made a terrific diving catch on a line drive otherwise headed for the right field corner.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record for the longest at-bat last month, seeing 21 pitches against the Angels’ Jaime Barria. The Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez sfaw 20 pitches from the Indians’ Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, which was the previous record. Kevin Bass saw 19 pitches from the Phillies’ Steve Bedrosian in 1988. There have also been five 18-pitch at-bats from Brian Downing, Bip Roberts, Alex Cora, Adam Kennedy, and Marcus Semien.

Sunday’s game wound up going 14 innings. The Astros pulled ahead 9-8 in the top of the 13th on a solo home run from Evan Gattis. However, the Indians’ Yonder Alonso responded with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 13th to re-knot the game at 9-9. Greg Allen then lifted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 14th to give the Indians a 10-9 win.

After Sunday’s effort, Ramirez is batting .292/.389/.605 with 15 home runs, 37 RBI, 34 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. According to FanGraphs, his 3.5 Wins Above Replacement ranks third across baseball behind Mike Trout (4.4) and Mookie Betts (4.1). They’re the only players at three wins or above.