Video: Nolan Arenado doing Nolan Arenado things

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Check out a double-dose of defensive excellence from Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. First, a diving stop which he somehow turns into a double play against Casey McGehee. Up next, he spins and fires to rob the speedy Gregor Blanco of a hit.

Watch:

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I’m not sure you’ll see a better play from a third baseman all year than the one against McGehee. Of course, I probably said the same thing when Arenado made this running catch against the Giants earlier this month. We’ll probably have a new contender soon. He’s simply a joy to watch.

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.