It was just an average day at Giants camp on Monday, as you’ll see below courtesy of the team’s official Twitter account:
Yes, that is 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner dressed up as Paul Bunyan with a bull at his side. I’d like to believe that Bumgarner just travels all the time like this. Heck, who’s to say he doesn’t? However, this scene was actually part of a photoshoot for Giants Magazine. It’s nice to see that the Hickory, North Carolina native has a good sense of humor about his image.
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.