I haven’t seen anything like this since an active Mark McGwire walked the earth. Joc Pederson: Exclusive Home Run Hitter.
The other day we talked about how his previous five hits, going back to the Giants series last week, were homers. He went hitless that night, but last night he hit two more home runs — one on the fifth inning, one in the eighth — and notched no other safeties. That makes it seven straight homers in seven straight hits for Pederson. In his last nine games, Pederson 8-for-30 with seven homers, a double — which came before his homer in the first game of the streak — six walks and 13 strikeouts.
Such a weird start. And so much fun. Not sustainable, of course, as eventually some of those bombs will ricochet off walls instead of going over them and some of his groundouts will sneak through the infield. But it’s been quite the thing, yes?
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports some good news: the Nationals have chosen to include scouts and minor league personnel as part of the group receiving World Series shares for the 2019 season. Manager Dave Martinez said it’s the first time he’s heard of such a thing happening.
The full postseason shares were announced last month. The Nationals players’ pool was in excess of $29 million. Obviously, adding such a large group of people reduces the average share for everyone else, but it is a significant bonus for the scouts and minor league personnel. We have noted many times here that an unnecessarily high percentage of minor leaguers — as well as many ancillary workers for minor league teams — don’t make a living wage. This bonus could mean someone is able to make rent, buy groceries, or buy their kids holiday gifts.
Really classy move on the Nationals’ part. Hopefully it becomes standard practice. Or, better yet, hopefully it becomes standard practice to simply pay minor leaguers and associated staff a fair wage.