Jasons Heyward and Kipnis Reach Out, A's Shamed Into Changing Course, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Jasons Heyward and Kipnis Reach Out, A’s Shamed Into Changing Course, and Other Cubs Bullets

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•   Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis took part in an important effort, meeting with other Chicago athletes, the By the Hand club, and Chicago PD:

•   By the Hand’s mission: “You can play a life-changing role for the kids in Chicago’s under-resourced neighborhoods. When you help our kids become the solution, you help them rise above violence and poverty. You help them have new and abundant life.”

•   We know that public shaming of the entire league as it relates to the embarrassing inability to come to a deal doesn’t work – that July 1-4 start date now looks impossible, cheers! – but at least it did work with respect to one team’s terrible decision:

•   So, then, all teams have committed to paying the $400 weekly stipend to minor leaguers through June. What happens after that is probably tied to the negotiations about a season taking place, but it is still the right thing – regardless – to take care of your minor leaguers at least through what would have been their regular season (August).

•   Two years ago today, when teams played baseball:

•   The post-Sammy numbers 21:

•   Not listed, but Milton Bradley also got the number in 2009.

•   Fun thread on Twitter from the Cubs Director of Hitting:

•   Bedding, soap, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon today. #ad

•   Something nice and positive and light and happy:

•   One more nice, fun thing:

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