The Mariners are set to continue their home series against the Orioles on Tuesday night. Prior to the game, there was apparently an altercation between some as-yet unknown participants, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Divish says that Dee Gordon asked the media to leave the clubhouse, then shut the door. The incident happened a few minutes later.
Divish added, “We saw bits and pieces of it and heard it. It was mostly guys in a big scrum trying to break it up. Not actually sure who or what it involved. Servais was on the field when it happened. He said he’s trying to find out all the details.”
The Mariners went into the All-Star break on a four-game losing streak and things haven’t improved in the second half. The club has a 19-22 record since the break. The club was in first place in the AL West as recently as June 13 but is now 77-61, eight games out of first place in third place behind the Astros and Athletics. The Mariners are also 5.5 games behind the A’s for the second Wild Card.
The Mariners did win Monday’s contest 2-1, but it wasn’t without strife. Dee Gordon didn’t make the catch on an easy pop fly in the top of the seventh inning, putting the potential tying run in scoring position. There might be some frustration bubbling over in the Mariners’ clubhouse for any number of reasons. We’ll certainly be hearing more about this.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.