On Sunday, Indians starter Trevor Bauer had a forgettable outing against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, serving up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and four walks with six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. As manager Terry Francona walked to the mound to take Bauer out of the game, the right-hander turned around and hurled the baseball over the center field fence in frustration. Francona was not happy.
Major League Baseball is not happy, either. Jon Heyman reports that Bauer will be fined for the incident. The amount of the fine is not yet known, but Bauer is not expected to be suspended.
Per The Athletic’s Zack Meisel, Francona is considering further discipline for Bauer but will run it by president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti and GM Mike Chernoff first. Francona said, “I don’t want this to be his legacy. This kid’s a good pitcher.”
I have a feeling something else will be Bauer’s legacy.
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.