At some point, “so-and-so tests positive for coronavirus” is the kind of thing that will not really be news — millions and millions will get it — but for now it still seems notable when it happens. To that end: the Cincinnati Reds announces a little while ago that an Arizona-based employee at their complex in Goodyear has tested positive for COVID-19.
All Reds employees who came in close contact with the individual are being tested and have self-quarantined. It’s unclear whether that includes any players or coaches or whether, for that matter, where, exactly, in the facility the person works. There should be more details soon.
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.