The idea of Madison Bumgarner getting even better–or at least throwing harder–is a scary one, but that’s exactly what happened Monday night.
According to Pitchf/x (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News) the Giants left-hander and World Series MVP hit 95.1 miles per hour on the radar gun with a fifth-inning fastball to Jedd Gyorko for his fastest pitch since 2010 when he was a 20-year-old rookie.
Oh, and Bumgarner also took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7.1 innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the Padres, striking out six and walking one.
Bumgarner had a rough second outing of the season on April 11 versus that same Padres team, but if you take that one start out of the mix he’s 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. Ho hum.
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.