Hey, how about that earthquake?

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Fun thing about being on Twitter all day is that when something happens you get hundreds of people rushing to make all of the jokes and the profound observations as soon as humanly possible. And so it was with that earthquake that just hit the east coast.  Within five minutes we had:

  • 1,245 “hey, did everyone feel that earthquake?” tweets;
  • Many “we felt it [insert increasingly distant places from the coast]” tweets;
  • Countless “you guys are total wusses” tweets from the west coast;
  • Many un-tweeted but certainly thought “don’t bitch next time it dips below 60 degrees, Californians” sentiments;
  • A handful of remembrances of the 1989 World Series quake from old baseball writers; and
  • Our own D.J. Short lamenting that the quake has disrupted his trip to Chick-Fil-A.  Never forget.

Anyway, this has nothin’ to do with baseball, but I don’t have coworkers here with whom I can waste my day, so let’s use the comments thread to remember The Great East Coast Quake of 2011.

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.