Bees delay Giants-Reds game

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The latest buzz from Cincinnati: a swarm of bees settled in on the backstop screen at Great American Ballpark shortly before the first pitch of this afternoon’s Giants-Reds game. It led to an 18-minute delay to the start of the game.

The bees were not totally removed before the game started. They just migrated to the upper deck. Which, well, if you’ve been to many games in Cincinnati lately, you know isn’t that full of people, so the umps deemed the situation under control. Bee abatement continued as the game began.

Derek Dietrich helped out too:

As for the game: the Reds jumped out to 5-0 lead in the first inning, plated two more in the second and now lead 7-1 entering the top of the fifth.

Honey of a ballgame for the home team, eh?

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’.