Reds first baseman Joey Votto completed a 3-6 double play with a rather unorthodox throw in the second inning of Saturday afternoon’s game against the Indians. With Brandon Moss on first base following a leadoff walk, Nick Swisher hit a grounder to Votto. Votto stepped on the bag for the first out. Then, with his momentum taking him in the opposite direction of second base, Votto flipped the ball like a pitcher with a submarine delivery to shortstop Zack Cozart, who applied the tag on Moss for the second out on the play.
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Votto also finished the day 2-for-4 with a double. Along with superb defense at first base, Votto is batting .289/.386/.480 with seven home runs and 21 RBI on the season.
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.