Harold Reynolds: diving head first into first base is faster

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I can’t find video of it, but know that MLB Network host and future Fox A-team color commentator Harold Reynolds was asked about Josh Hamilton’s injury last night and said  “I don’t have a problem with it” and “It’s faster to dive than run through.”

Which is why you always see sprinters slide head first into the tape during the Olympic 100 meters.

I don’t mean to cause too much FRICTION here because Harold Reynolds is a nice guy and I won’t wish to cover him WITH DIRT. Indeed, anything that SLOWS the baseball commetariat’s creep into constant arguing over what A PLAYER does is something we should not be DOWN with at all.

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.