The world champion Nationals were about to create bad PR for themselves by reportedly cutting the June weekly stipends for their minor league players by 25 percent.Sean Doolittle and his major league teammates jumped in to make the PR less bad. Doolittle announced Sunday on Twitter that players on Washington’s big league roster would chip in and make up the difference. That will allow minor leaguers to keep receiving $400 per week rather than be cut to $300.pic.twitter.com/heUXa70dn9— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) June 1, 2020The Athletic reported Sunday that ownership had decided to implement the cuts after releasing upwards of 30 minor leaguers, who according to sources were told they wouldn’t be needed because there won’t be a minor league season.Nats ownership is also cutting staff salaries by 10 to 25 percent through the end of either the year or the staffers’ contracts, The Athletic reported.RIVERA: David Price’s $1K gesture points to bigger MLB issue MLB organizations began releasing hundreds of players in mid-May. Many of them would have been let go in March were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic delaying the season and prompting a transactions freeze during spring training. The 30 clubs agreed in late March to pay minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31.The A’s, Doolittle’s former organization, have stopped paying minor leaguers altogether while also not allowing them to become free agents. Most other teams are extending their stipend payments through as late as the first week in September. The Royals and Twins have pledged to keep paying minor leaguers and not release anyone.
Hekari takes on Huawei PS United FC this afternoon in the second match of the double header at 3pm in round five of the Southern Conference.Leading the points ladder, Hekari is six points ahead of its rival Huawei and is hoping to gain another three points.Erema is level with PKA Rapatona FC on six points while fourth placed Huawei will need this win to move three points up the ladder but they can only hope Rapatona suffers defeat against Gigira Laitepo in the first match today.For the Northern Conference, a double header will get underway this afternoon at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.The first game at 12:30pm is the showdown between Admiralty FC and Besta PNG United FC.The next game will be a grand final rematch between reigning champions Lae City Dwellers FC and Madang FC at 3pm. This is a game to watch with a bumper crowd expected.The only game to be played on Sunday (tomorrow) at 3pm will be between Erema Gulf FC locking horns with FC Pom.