Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge absolutely demolished a two-run home run off of Mariners lefty Yusei Kikuchi in the first inning on Tuesday night in Seattle. It marked the 100th career home run for the slugger. It’s also his fourth homer in his last five games.
Judge is the third-fastest to 100 career home runs, doing so in 371 games. Teammate Gary Sánchez got there in 355 games and former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has the record at 325 games.
Following Tuesday’s dinger, Judge is batting .272/.384/.498 with 17 home runs, 40 RBI, and 54 runs scored in 337 plate appearances on the season.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.