Phillies new left fielder Ben Revere flashed some leather in Sunday afternoon’s Grapefruit League match-up with the Tigers, robbing Rajai Davis of a solo home run in the top of the third inning. Starter Aaron Harang hung a breaking ball, which Davis nearly took advantage of if not for Revere leaping up and snagging the ball before it could go over the fence.
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Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Revere had said jokingly to Davis that he’d play lighter defense for him. Davis said, “Take it easy. I need some hits,” to which Revere replied, “I got you, man. But just drop a bomb. Don’t make me run.”
As Zolecki recounts, as Revere was jogging off of the field after the catch, he met up with Davis near third base. Davis said, “What did we just talk about?” Revere said, “My bad. I’m sorry, dude.”
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.