Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber had been slumping, registering just two hits in his last nine games dating back to July 17. He got himself back on track in a big way Sunday afternoon against the Brewers. Schwarber opened the scoring in the second inning with a grand slam to right field off of Kyle Davies. He followed up with a three-run homer in the fourth, again off of Davies, to put the Cubs up 7-0. They would go on to win 11-4.
After going off on Sunday, Schwarber is hitting .228/.317/.484 with 24 home runs, 54 RBI, and 54 runs scored in 404 plate appearances this season. He’s on pace for 37 homers and 83 RBI, both of which would be career-highs. His current career-highs are 30 homers and 61 RBI.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.