Wil Myers once, Melvin Upton, Jr. once and, as we noted in this morning’s recaps, rookie Travis Jankowski twice. That gives the Padres four steals of home this season. That’s not the sort of thing that’s going to change a team’s prospects too terribly much over the course of a long season, but it’s definitely fun.
As for Jankowski, he’s having himself a nice season. He’s hitting .266/.378/.348 with 25 stolen bases in 87 games. He’s 15-for-30 in the month of August. That’ll play as a major league leadoff man.
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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.