Reds ace Johnny Cueto turned in another dominant performance Tuesday night, throwing a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Nationals while racking up 11 strikeouts and just one walk.
And within that exceptional outing he also had a little fun during Ian Desmond’s at-bat in the seventh inning, taking his usual mid-delivery pause to another level by … well, wiggling.
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Desmond was so confused by Cueto that he backed off and just took the pitch for a strike. And then when Cueto tried it again the next pitch Desmond stayed focused and fouled it off. Desmond eventually struck out looking.
* I wrote the “wiggle it, just a little bit” headline thinking most people would remember the song I was referencing, but then I looked it up and it’s 25 years old. So now I’m sad about being old, but also going to spend all day listening to “Wiggle It” by 2 In A Room.
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.