Hitting .159 on June 1, Carlos Santana has turned his season around in a huge way

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Carlos Santana homered in both games of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Twins and the Indians switch-hitter has been such a force at the plate that it’s hard to remember he was hitting .159 as of June 1.

But it’s true, Santana had a .159 batting average through two months of the season while struggling defensively in an attempt to transition from catcher to third base.

Coincidence or not Santana’s last game at third base came on May 22 and since then he’s hit .279 with a .404 on-base percentage and .543 slugging percentage in 89 games, including 22 homers, 17 doubles, and 64 walks on the way to a .947 OPS.

Among all American League hitters during that same span Santana ranks first in walks, third in on-base percentage, fourth in homers, and sixth in slugging percentage. And now, even including his brutal first two months, Santana’s overall OPS is .818 compared to his career mark of .815. That’s a helluva turnaround.

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.