Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen blew the save Tuesday night, allowing three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Phillies walked off 9-8 winners. The struggles continued for Jansen, who now has a 5.73 ERA across his last 11 appearances.
The inning started when Adam Haseley hit a sharp grounder back up the middle that struck Jansen in the foot. The ball caromed over to David Freese at first base for the first out of the inning.
Jansen stayed in the game, and the rest is history. After the game, Jansen said he should have been pulled. Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, he said, “I’m not an excuses guy. But I should have come out of the game.”
Asked about Jansen’s comment, manager Dave Roberts said it was “a little bit tough to swallow,” Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports. Jansen and Roberts had a conversation. The closer is not available for Wednesday night’s game, but Roberts hopes to have him back for Thursday afternoon’s series finale in Philadelphia.
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’.