David Ortiz gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning when he ripped a Noah Syndergaard fastball over the right field fence at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon. It’s his 28th home run of the season and the 494th of his career. That moves him into sole possession of 27th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, ahead of Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff at 493.
The odds are against Ortiz moving any further up the list before the end of the season, as he’d need a torrid September to do so. Next up is Eddie Murray at 504 and Gary Sheffield at 509.
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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.