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Yadier Molina added to NL All-Star roster

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Earlier, we learned that Giants catcher Buster Posey would miss the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. due to inflammation in his right hip. Now, we have learned his replacement: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Molina, 35, is now a nine-time All-Star. This season, he’s hitting .278/.320/.495 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 231 plate appearances. He missed about a month between May 6 and June 4 with an, um, unfortunate injury. So he deserves some love for that alone, though he’s certainly deserving for other reasons.

Molina joins fellow catchers Willson Contreras and J.T. Realmuto on the NL All-Star squad. Francisco Cervelli, Yasmani Grandal, and Kurt Suzuki were likely other candidates under consideration for Posey’s roster spot before Molina was selected.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.