Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning when he clubbed a walk-off three-run home run to left-center field against Padres reliever Brandon Maurer. Hechavarria’s effort helped the Marlins avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Padres, and halted their four-game losing streak. With the Phillies streaking, the floundering Marlins have picked up some steam in the race for the first overall draft pick in next year’s draft, as they only “trail” the Phillies by 2.5 games for the worst record in baseball.
Hechavarria has put together an adequate season, batting .279/.311/.375 with five home runs and 42 RBI while playing superb defense at shortstop.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.