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Dee Gordon upset with J.A. Happ for hitting him with pitch

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Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon was hit on the right wrist by a J.A. Happ pitch in the third inning of Thursday night’s game against the Yankees. Per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, X-rays weren’t conclusive so Gordon will undergo further testing on Friday.

Gordon was actually more upset with Happ than in pain, Divish reports. Gordon said, “I was pissed off. It was the second time he threw up by my head. You’ve got to get the ball down. You can’t throw that pitch. I got a family. You need to get the ball, you need to get the ball the f– down. That’s twice. If you can’t throw that pitch, don’t throw it.”

Here was the pitch in question:

As Gordon mentioned, both of Happ’s pitches in that third-inning at-bat were inside. Happ certainly wasn’t trying to hit Gordon on purpose — and it doesn’t sound like Gordon thinks that, either.

It is understandable why Gordon is frustrated, but pitchers do need the ability to pitch high and/or inside occasionally in order to be effective. Sometimes, they are going to miss their spot and hit a batter accidentally. It’s part of the game, for better or worse. Happ, with 34 hit batters across 1,574 career innings and an average walk rate of 2.6 batters per nine innings since 2015, doesn’t have control issues to the point where he should decide not to pitch in certain locations.

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.