|Rochester||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||N/A|
|Harrisburg||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||N/A|
|Wilmington||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||N/A|
|Fredericksburg||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||N/A|
|FCL Nationals||OFF DAY||vs. FCL Marlins|
|DSL Nationals||OFF DAY||vs. DSL Angels, 10:30 a.m.|
Rochester Red Wings (47-43, 2GB, T4th, I.L. East)
Next month’s Nationals The Red Wings start back up with a weekend set against the Bisons, somehow still in the thick of the “pennant” despite winning just 12 of their last 38 games.
Harrisburg Senators (5-13, 7GB, 6th place, E.L. Southwest, 35-52 overall)
Harrisburg returns to City Isle tomorrow for three against Altoona, hoping to break a five-game losing streak.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (10-10, 3GB, 4th place, Sally Lg. North, 45-40 overall)
After a 12-game road trip to North Carolina, the Blue Rocks will be home until August 4th. The 13-game homestand starts with three against the 1st-place Renegades.
Fredericksburg Nationals (15-6, 2½ GA, 1st place, C.L. North, 48-39 overall
Fredericksburg makes its third and final visit to Delmarva this weekend, hoping to pick up where they left off earlier this month when the FredNats swept the Shorebirds for six straight wins.
FCL Nationals – OFF DAY
The F-Nats host the F-Marlins today then rematch tomorrow in Jupiter before closing out the week on Saturday against the F-Mets.
DSL Nationals – OFF DAY
It’s home games today vs. the D-Angels, tomorrow vs. the D-Brewers 2, then a visit to the D-TEX Red on Saturday.
MANFRED MAKES TONE-DEAF REMARKS; SOURCES: POPE STILL CATHOLIC
Der Komiss…er, Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark met separately with BBWAA in a press conference on Tuesday. While lawyers like to refer to cases as competing versions of the truth, it’s probably more accurate to describe this as competing perceptions of reality.
Baseball America documented this dichotomy on Tuesday, which included some rather “interesting” remarks from Manfred, particularly in light of settling a case brought by former minor-leaguers:
I kind of reject the premise of the question that minor league players are not paid a living wage. I think that we’ve made real strides in the last few years in terms of what minor league players are paid. Even putting to one side the signing bonuses that many of them have received, they’ve received housing, which is obviously another form of compensation, so I just reject the premise of the question.
It’s worth noting that the recently settled lawsuit was not about getting a living wage – it was about getting minimum wage. While it varies from state to state (because it’s pegged to the cost of housing), a living wage for an individual is ~$17/HR (~$35K per year). The federal minimum wage is $7.25 (~$15K) while the federal poverty line is $13,590. The highest minimum annual salary (AAA) is ~$14K.
Manfred can reject the premise all he wants to, but the facts are not on his side. And even if you want to take the tack of “well, he’s just representing the owners,” he’s not doing it well. Take a look at that article if you’re able (I’m a subscriber but I think BA’s paywall is a soft one). That’s just one of several gems.