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Baseball Question of the Day: What in baseball do you simply not care about?


One of the things sports fans like to do is argue.

“Shlabotnik should be in the Hall of Fame!”

“Not before McGillicuddy!”

Or maybe it’s the DH. Or a rules change. Or whether someone deserves to be suspended X number of games or Y number of games over a given transgression. They there are simple rivalry things and all of the trappings of fandom which cause people to get their blood up.

But what’s something a lot of people care about in baseball, even passionately, that . . . simply does not interest you at all?

I’m not talking about unpopular opinions here. We already covered that. I’m talking about a thing that doesn’t move you one way or another. A thing, when other people begin to argue about it, you simply cannot be made to care?

For me it’s the strike zone. I, obviously, care when an ump has an egregiously bad zone, but I can’t seem to bring myself to get too worked up about run-of-the-mill bad calls on a pitch-by-pitch basis while watching a game. I’m just not the kind of fan who is gong to yell at the TV or tweet “MY GOD, where was that?!” There are a couple hundred pitches a game and 162 games in a season and just can’t let myself get too hung up things like that. It evens out. And even if it doesn’t, we’ll all survive.

How about you?

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.