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Nick Markakis on the Astros: ‘Every single guy over there needs a beating’

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Next up on the main stage at Outraged PlayerPalooza: Braves outfielder Nick Markakis.

Markakis is a guy who, if you’ve followed the Braves or the Orioles over the past decade and a half, you know might go six months without saying anything interesting or remotely provocative. He’s a “clubhouse guy” and a “leader by example” which in baseball means he is aggressively boring and says a lot of things like “I was looking for a pitch to hit” and “I’m just trying to help the ballclub.” There are rumors going around that once, back in 2009, he said that the bacon on the clubhouse spread before a Sunday game “could stand to be a bit more crispy,” but that’s never been confirmed. I consider it baseless and salacious to even suggest it.

Anyway, when you’ve caused Nick Markakis to suggest that perhaps violence is the best course of action, you sort of have a problem on your hands. Here are Crazy Nick’s comments today about the Houston Astros:

“I feel like every single guy over there needs a beating. It’s wrong. They’re messing with people’s careers . . . There’s right ways to do it and wrong ways to do it. I 100 percent disagree with way they did it. There’s a lot of people that were hurt by it, and it was wrong.”

As has become custom in these daily ranting, Markakis made sure he gave a shoutout to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who he criticized for letting the Astros off “scot free”:

“The way he handled the situation, he should be embarrassed of himself.”

Folks, when you’ve lost Nick Markakis, you’ve lost everyone.

Here are his full comments:

At least 16 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguers

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NEW YORK (AP) At least 16 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week.

The Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released.

The Philadelphia Phillies also plan to continue allowances through June, but likely at a reduction from the $400 per week rate. The amount is to be determined, the team said.

Oakland said Tuesday it will suspend pay for all minor leaguers at the end of the month. The Athletics are the only team to announce an end to the allowances.

MLB suspended spring training and postponed the start of the minor league season in March due to the novel coronavirus, leaving low-paid minor league players in lurch. The league

March 19 that provided most non-40-man roster players signed to minor league deals with stipends through April 8, and it later extended the policy through May 31.

The allowances were a pay raise for many players, with minimum salaries ranging from $290 per week at Class A to $502 per week at Triple-A over the five-month season.

MLB and the players’ association are

to start the major league season later in the summer, but it seems likely there will not be a minor league season. Some teams have reportedly begun to release players who aren’t top prospects and won’t figure into their 2020 MLB rosters. The White Sox are the only club to say it will extend allowances to players recently released.

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