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Starling Marte’s wife dies of a heart attack

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Horrible news: Noelia Marte, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte, has died of a heart attack. Jon Heyman reported that it occurred at the hospital while she was awaiting surgery for a broken ankle.

Marte announced his wife’s death on social media last night, saying, “It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.”

The Arizona Diamondbacks followed, saying, “We are deeply saddened to learn of tragic passing of Noelia Marte. Starling and his family are part of the D-backs’ family and we will do all we can to support him and their children during this incredibly difficult time.” Marte’s former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, said “the entire Pirates family extend our deepest condolences to Starling Marte and family during this terrible time.”

Marte, 31, has played his entire eight-year big league career with Pittsburgh. He was traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason.

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.