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MLB postseason schedule finally set

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It took 163 regular season games, but we finally know who’s playing whom and where. After Monday’s two tiebreakers to determine the winners of the NL Central and West, the Dodgers have earned the right to play the Braves in the NLDS. The Brewers earned the right to play the winner of the NL Wild Card game between the Rockies and Cubs, who both lost the tiebreakers.

The American League had much less drama. The only thing that was uncertain going into the final week of the season was the AL Wild Card and only to determine the host and not the teams involved. The Yankees will host the Athletics for that one with the winner moving on to face the Red Sox, who won a franchise record 108 games during the regular season. On the other side of the ALDS bracket, the Astros will host the Indians.

Here’s the upcoming playoff schedule broken down by day.

  • Tuesday: NL Wild Card game, Rockies @ Cubs (8:00 PM ET, ESPN). Rockies’ starter TBD; Jon Lester will start for the Cubs.
  • Wednesday: AL Wild Card game, Athletics @ Yankees (8:00 PM, TBS). Both teams’ starters TBD.
  • Thursday:
    • NLDS Game 1, winner of COL/CHC @ Brewers (FS1). Time and starters TBD.
    • NLDS Game 1, Braves @ Dodgers (FS1). Time and starters TBD.
  • Friday:
    • ALDS Game 1, winner of OAK/NYY @ Red Sox (TBS). Chris Sale will start for the Red Sox. Time TBD.
    • ALDS Game 1, Indians @ Astros (TBS). Corey Kluber will start for the Indians. Time TBD.
    • NLDS Game 2, winner of COL/CHC @ Brewers (FS1). Time and starters TBD.
    • NLDS Game 2, Braves @ Dodgers (FS1). Time and starters TBD.

MLB’s full postseason schedule can be found here.

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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.