Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball has extended Addison Russell‘s administrative leave through the end of the regular season.
Rosenthal reported Wednesday that MLB investigators have gathered “credible information” in regard to Russell’s alleged mental and physical abuse of his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy via “numerous” witness interviews. While today’s move merely extends his leave through Sunday, the act of doing so strongly suggests that his season is over and that a lengthy suspension is in the offing that the league does not intend to break up via a temporary reinstatement.
This, as with the case of many past domestic violence offenders, will later be considered “time served” for whatever eventually comes down the pike.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.