It’s only the end of the fourth in Fenway Park where the Nationals are facing the Red Sox in the latter’s home opener. But it’s already out of hand, with the Sox up 8-0.
A big part of that lead is that Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals’ defense have been horrible. Like, cover your eyes bad, with Zimmermann hitting guys and struggling with command and the Nationals outfielders literally watching balls fall onto the grass right next to them.
But another big part of that is Red Sox’ center fielder Mookie Betts. All he has done is hit a three-run homer and knock in another run on an infield single. Oh, and he robbed Bryce Harper of a homer too. Watch:
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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.