Actually, it’s not really a uniform. It’s one of those workout smocks managers wear so they don’t have to tuck in their shirt and stuff. Who cares? They look comfy.
It is weird to see Matt Harvey in anything other than a mets uni– er, workout smock. We’ll have to wait until this evening to see him in his actual Cincinnati Reds uniform, as he makes his first start for his new team against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Harvey’s story is well-known by now, of course. The onetime phenom posted a 2.53 ERA in 427 innings from 2012 to 2015, but Tommy John surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome and, depending on who you talk to, a bad attitude and bad conditioning, has contributed to him posting a 5.93 ERA in 212.1 innings over the last three years.
He’ll be on a pitch count tonight, as the Reds look to work him back into starting slowly following his disastrous detour into the Mets bullpen.
Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.