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Barry Zito unmasked, eliminated on The Masked Singer

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Former Athletics and Giants pitcher Barry Zito was unmasked in Wednesday’s episode of FOX’s reality singing competition The Masked Singer. For those unfamiliar, the concept of the show is that celebrities put on costumes to mask their identities, then sing and dance. A panel votes on who they like best and are given clues as to who the performer could be. The performer with the fewest votes each episode is eliminated and reveals their identity.

Zito, who wore a rhinoceros mask to hide his identity, was not the only athlete to perform on the show. He lasted longer than Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski and legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk.

Zito called into the Rich Eisen Show to discuss his experience on the show:

Zito has had an active music career since his baseball career ended after the 2015 season. He released an EP, No Secrets, in January 2017.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.