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Pumpsie Green dies at 85

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Former Red Sox infielder Pumpsie Green died on Wednesday at the age of 85, NESN’s Tom Caron reports.

Green was the first black player to ever suit up for the Red Sox, breaking Boston’s color barrier. They were the last pre-expansion team to integrate, doing so on July 21, 1959. Green spent parts of five seasons in the majors — four with the Red Sox, and his final season with the Mets. He hit an aggregate .246/.357/.364 with 56 extra-base hits, 74 RBI, 119 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 954 plate appearances.

Green was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame last year.

As Craig has noted, the Red Sox were the last to integrate due to a very heinous streak of intolerance within the organization. Not only did they cut short Jackie Robinson’s tryout in 1945, the club also passed on Willie Mays years later to their own detriment.

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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.