Mike Aviles’ daughters to throw out the first pitch in Cleveland today

6 Comments

The Indians announced today that the twin 4-year-old daughters of infielder Mike Aviles will throw ceremonial first pitches tonight at Progressive Field before the Yankees-Indians game.

This is notable in that one of the twins, Adriana Aviles — the other is her sister Maiya — was diagnosed with leukemia in May and is being treated at Cleveland Clinic. We’ve noted several instances of how this has impacted Mike Aviles this year and how the Indians, their management and players have been doing a fantastic job in supporting and accommodating them this year.

In late May, Aviles’ teammates shaved their heads in support them. In early June, Tribe owner Paul Dolan did the same thing, letting Aviles shave his head. Last month, when a lot of teams were showing interest in Aviles at the trade deadline, Dolan made it clear that they would not trade Aviles, even if it made sense for the team, because he didn’t want to disrupt the family as Adriana undergoes treatment in Cleveland.

It’ll be a nice scene tonight.

Oakland Athletics reverse course: will continue to pay minor leaguers

Getty Images
1 Comment

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.