Jose Fernandez coming back to pitch today for the first time since his Tommy John surgery was already a big deal. The fact that he pitched more or less OK — striking out six in six innings, but giving up three runs — is pretty cool too. But the fact that he did this, off of the likewise-returning Matt Cain, made the day all the more special for him:
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And here is a Fernandez striking out Matt Duffy on 99 m.p.h. gas:
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The day was not as nice for Matt Cain, who went five innings allowing five runs and two homers.
At the moment the Marlins lead 5-3 in the eighth.
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.