With a double to lead off the top of the second inning during Thursday afternoon’s game against the Athletics, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre passed Rod Carew for the most career hits by a Latin-born player. The double was Beltre’s 3,054th of his career. Beltre, of course, was born in the Dominican Republic. Carew was born in Panama.
Beltre is now in sole possession of 25th place on baseball’s all-time hits list. His next hit will tie him with Rickey Henderson in 24th plate. Craig Biggio will be Beltre’s next target after that, at 3,060.
Beltre, who turns 39 years old on Saturday, had struggled to begin the year, entering Thursday’s action batting .192 in 26 at-bats. He’s coming off of an impressive 2017 in which he hit .312 with a .915 OPS.
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.