Chipper Jones calls out Braves fans

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Chipper Jones has played in Atlanta for 19 years. You would thus think that by now he would have figured out that Braves fans, whatever their merits, are not going to fill the ballpark very often or get crazy without the scoreboard and the sound system telling them to. It’s just not how they roll down there. Though that is probably the saddest fact of life for the Atlanta Braves, it is certainly nothing new, at least since they moved out of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 15 years ago.

But they must have been particularly silent last night, because Chipper spoke out about it:

 

Sorry, dude. If you really did feed off of those guys you would have starved years ago. That said, if you really want the fans to go crazy, try not making the Rockies pitching-staff-by-committee look like the 1966 Dodgers.

The Royals are paying everyone. Why can’t all of the other teams?

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Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.

The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.

Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.

While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.

Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?