Yasmani Grandal just had one of the biggest games by a catcher in MLB history

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Yasmani Grandal had a monster game today in the Dodgers’ blowout win over the Brewers, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, two walks, and eight RBIs.

Some random factoids:

– He’s the first catcher with eight RBIs in a game since J.R. Towles of the Astros in 2007.

– He’s the first catcher with two home runs and eight RBIs in a game since Ivan Rodriguez of the Rangers in 1999.

– He’s the first catcher with two home runs, eight RBIs, and six times on base in a game since Walker Cooper of the Reds in 1949.

So yeah, it was a decent afternoon.

And the Dodgers have to be feeling pretty good about getting the 26-year-old Grandal from the Padres as part of the Matt Kemp trade/salary dump. It’s very early, of course, but Kemp is hitting .291 with one homer and a .747 OPS in 29 games for the Padres, whereas Grandal is now hitting .301 with four homers and a .948 OPS in 23 games for the Dodgers.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.