Play of the Day: Eric Young, Jr. dives to rob Wilfredo Tovar of a hit


Eric Young, Jr. is competing for the Braves’ starting job in center field as a result of Melvin Upton, Jr.’s foot injury. Young made a statement on Saturday afternoon against the Mets, making a diving grab in the bottom of the seventh inning to rob Wilfredo Tovar of a hit.

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Young is competing against Eury Perez and Aaron Cunningham for the privilege of patrolling center field at Turner Field. Last season with the Mets, the 29-year-old hit .229/.299/.311 with 30 stolen bases.

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.