Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew a walk in the first inning and walked again in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs. That marked the 20th consecutive game in which he has reached base twice, leaving him one shy of the modern era record Ted Williams set in 1948. The last hitter to reach base twice in 20 consecutive games was Barry Bonds in 2004.
In the 19 previous games, Votto was batting .450/.612/.767 with 23 walks, four doubles, five home runs, 14 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 85 plate appearances. On the season, Votto entered the night batting .317/.447/.603 with 31 home runs, 83 RBI, and 82 runs scored in 519 PA.
Votto has certainly put up MVP-esque numbers, but he has a lot of competition in the National League in Paul Goldschmidt, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Giancarlo Stanton, among others.
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.