Generally boycotts don’t do anything unless they’re highly publicized. Jose Bautista’s boycott of SportsNet, which was first widely reported yesterday, ended as soon as the publicity started.
The Toronto Star reports that Bautista, who had been boycotting SportsNet because they would not pay for a suit rookie Devon Travis purchased for a SportsNet makeover segment, ended it yesterday and said “we’re moving on.” No one is saying how the matter was resolved, but Bautista apparently spoke with Sportsnet’s Barry Davis in an interview before the game. “No comments” all around.
Did SportsNet cave or did Bautista not want an instance in which he was sticking up for a young teammate to turn into a distraction while the Jays are surging toward the playoffs?
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’.