White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday’s win against the Royals. It was the Cuban slugger’s 162nd career game in the majors and with that, he joined a select group of players.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Abreu is the fourth player to hit .300 with 40 home runs and 120 RBI in his first 162 career games, joining Rudy York, Chuck Klein, and Ryan Braun.
Abreu broke out last season en route to winning the American League Rookie of the Year award. He finished with a .317/.383/.581 triple-slash line, 36 home runs, and 107 RBI. He led the league in slugging percentage and in adjusted OPS (170, 70 points above average). This season, he’s off to another great start, batting .317/.368/.667 with five home runs and 13 RBI.
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.