If you were hoping to catch Shohei Ohtani take the mound for his third pitching appointment of the season, well, come back on Tuesday. Sunday’s series finale between the Royals and Angels has been added to an ever-expanding list of postponements this weekend due to inclement weather. (Remember, Mike Trout hit a home run while it was snowing yesterday!)
The make-up game has been scheduled for Monday, June 25. The Angels will shoehorn the contest into their 11-day road trip through Boston, Baltimore and Seattle, while the Royals will be forced to fly back home for the game between road games in Houston and Milwaukee. As for Ohtani, the 23-year-old two-way player will get his next official start on Tuesday evening against the Red Sox’ David Price. Per a team announcement, southpaw Tyler Skaggs and right-hander Nick Tropeano will handle the remaining two games against the Sox.
Sunday’s postponement follows similar announcements for the Blue Jays/Indians, Yankees/Tigers, White Sox/Twins and Braves/Cubs games. Only 10 games will be played today.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.