Dan Warthen to return as Mets pitching coach

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Third base coach Chip Hale is staying with the Mets following the team’s house-cleaning and apparently pitching coach Dan Warthen will be sticking around too.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that “Warthen says he’s been asked by Sandy Alderson to return next year as the Mets’ pitching coach.”

Warthen replaced Rick Peterson as the Mets’ pitching coach in mid-2008. In his first two full seasons on the job the pitching staff ranked ninth and sixth in runs allowed among NL teams while calling a pitcher-friendly ballpark home.

Young starters Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese have both developed well under Warthen, but he wasn’t able to keep Oliver Perez from imploding and it’s unclear how much credit any pitching should get for the success of a knuckle-baller like R.A. Dickey.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.