As it turns out, the White Sox were ahead of the trend, having dispensed with about a minor league squad’s worth of players (but pledging to pay everyone, even the released players, through June), as a bevy of aspirant big leaders were given pink slips on Thursday:
Across baseball, hundreds of minor league players were cut today and lost their jobs, sources tell ESPN. Hundreds more will be released over the next week. In the end, upward of 1,000 players could see their baseball careers end. The minor leagues have simply been devastated.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 28, 2020
One team that took an approach ... different ... from the White Sox is Oakland, who now suffer as the team that has made even the Miami Marlins look generous:
And when the A's will be meeting about their deferred $1.25 million rent payment, and a look at the rest of the team's financial situation. "You’ve just made everyone realize what the cheapest organization in baseball is,” one agent tells me. https://t.co/fxpoqqTaZ0— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) May 29, 2020
A very spicy career review from Mets “grinder” Andrew Church, who has some outrage for his former org, both for his treatment while injured and the clown car that was/has been the Tim Tebow Experience:
Former #Mets second round draft pick Andrew Church, who was among those released today, offered some honest opinions on the state of the organization and player development system via Instagram.— Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) May 29, 2020
It’s worth reading. pic.twitter.com/5Rzf2vkxPh
I’ve got some good features in the hopper for a weekend brunch run of links, but for now, let’s just keep the flag lowered for the hundreds of players who lost their jobs today. If this truly was a temporary, coronavirus measure, fine — but it’s not. These are shots fired toward the contraction of the minor leagues. Without even officially confirming the teams who will not return to the organized minors in 2021 — in the White Sox world, that’s the Great Falls Voyagers — teams are just cutting entire rosters’ worth of players, knowing full well five draft choices next month and a handful of oddball $20k free agents are not forcing such a purge.
But let’s leave it a little light, right?
Jomboy takes on Joe West. WIN, prepare yourself — but even you can agree this isn’t the portly crooner’s best moment.
It’s Friday. Even in quarantine, we can party, sorta. Dance party in the living room!
This song, after all of these years, still makes me giggle. The Ricky Wilson guitar growling throughout is masterful ... gone too soon.
So, I present to you perhaps my favorite band of all time, The B-52’s: