Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas chose some interesting words in an effort to cheer up lefty Brandon Finnegan after he surrendered five runs in an inning of work against the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.
Via MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez:
“Listen, man,'” Moustakas added, “you’re disgusting, you’re nasty. Never forget how nasty you are.”
First baseman Eric Hosmer was also there to help console the rookie, adding, “It’s baseball. It happens.”
To his credit, Finnegan seemed nonplussed at the whole thing. One would think a rookie, only months separated from pitching in college, would be panicking, but Finnegan seems to have a cool head on his shoulders. He told the media, “I made my pitches and they hit it just soft enough and hard enough to get in. They got theirs tonight, but we’ll get ours tomorrow.”
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.