The Mets Twitter people are having fun with the new Star Wars trailer

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If you noticed that it was a bit slow here this afternoon, you could blame the fact that not much baseball news was happening. Or you could blame the fact that the new Star Wars trailer was released and nerfherders of a certain age — like, say, in their early 40s — get irrationally exuberant about such things.

I mean, I’m not going to say I’ve been distracted, but I may or may not have spent a good hour arguing with people about whether or not it was possible for a Star Destroyer to crash land, mostly intact, on the surface of a planet.

I’m not the only vaguely baseball person who has been preoccupied. The Mets social media folks have had fun too:

Juan Solo is strong. But not doing something with Bartolo Colon and either Jabba or one of Jabba’s Gamorrean guards is a missed opportunity.

(Thanks to Tom B for the heads up)

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.