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Dayton Moore accuses “national media” of taking comments “out of context”

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On Tuesday, Craig wrote at length about Royals GM Dayton Moore, who discussed his team’s interest in Oregon State pitcher and convicted sex offender Luke Heimlich in an interview with Fox Sports Kansas City. Moore talked about wanting to give players like Heimlich second chances, and used former Royals outfielder (and current Diamondback) Jarrod Dyson as an example.

Dyson was suspended in February 2009 after testing positive for an amphetamine. In citing Dyson’s “second chance,” Moore equated Dyson’s offense with Heimlich’s. To quote Craig, “It’s an appalling and obnoxious comparison for which Dyson should be insulted and for which Moore should apologize.”

Moore didn’t apologize, but he did say his comparison was not fair. However, he accused the “national media” of taking his comments “out of context,” Zach Buchanan reports for The Athletic. Moore said, “The national media is taking that out of context. Those people know my heart and they know Jarrod Dyson. Although it may seem odd, outside the confines of Kansas City, if you live here and you follow the team and the path of Jarrod Dyson and this organization, you have a better understanding. But (Dyson’s and Heimlich’s situations) are not related at all. They’re not related one bit. Simply that.”

Moore and Heimlich have this in common, at least: neither is capable of taking responsibility for his actions.

Dyson, by the way, wasn’t too happy to have been named in such a comparison. He wasn’t familiar with Heimlich’s case, but after he was filled in, he said, “I don’t know what’s going on. He molested his niece? That’s a tough pill to swallow, man.” Dyson went on, saying, “[Moore] did give me a second chance. I can’t say that he didn’t. (But) to be using mine and that guy’s case, those are two totally different things.”

Dyson went on to say that he likes and respects Moore. According to Buchanan, Dyson appeared more annoyed than angry about Moore’s comment.

When asked if Moore felt the need to reach out to Dyson, he said, “I can.” Dyson isn’t going to be the one making that phone call, though. He said, “At the end of the day, I ain’t put it out, so I ain’t going to be doing no calling.”

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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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.