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Taiwanese team to put robot mannequins dressed up as fans in the stands

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There is a baseball league in Taiwan and one of the teams in that league is called the Rakuten Monkeys.

Normally just noting that there was a baseball team called the “Monkeys” would be enough to justify a post on this website. I’d be all like, “haha, ‘Monkeys’ is a killer name for a baseball team, why don’t we have a team called the Monkeys and, for that matter, why are there no ‘Gorillas’ or anything like that? That would be so cool” and then I’d attach a photo, hit “publish” and then get off my couch and pet a cat or something until I thought of something else to write about.

But this is even better. Not only is there a Taiwanese baseball team called the “Monkeys,” but they’re gonna use robots when their fan-free baseball season resumes:

They should do this in the Arizona Bubble League. Or in season 4 of “Westworld.” Whichever happens first.

 

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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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.