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2018 Gold Glove Award finalists announced

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Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for each position in each league for the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Here they are:

Pitchers

Catchers

First basemen

Second basemen

Third basemen

Shortstops

Left fielders

Center fielders

Right fielders

It’s quite interesting to note that some teams were very heavily represented. The Athletics’ entire infield was nominated, as were the outfields of the Red Sox and Braves.

There are also quite a few familiar faces. Last year’s winners who could win another one this year include Maldonado, Simmons, Gordon, and Betts in the AL; Greinke, LeMahieu, Arenado, Crawford, Inciarte, and Heyward in the NL.

The winners of the 2018 Gold Glove Awards will be announced on November 4.

Oakland Athletics reverse course: will continue to pay minor leaguers

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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.