Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

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Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is:

I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down cold, of course.

For the record, $100.50 in daily meal money can buy you 53 Cool Ranch Doritos Locos tacos at Taco Bell. Or, perhaps, one “Brennaman” steak (12 oz “barrel cut” filet mignon) with a side of 18 Virginia Blue Point oysters at Precinct steak house in Cincinnati.

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.