Oakland A’s reinstate weekly payments to Midland RockHounds, other minor-league players

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Nearly a week after their weekly stipends were canceled, minor-league baseball players for the Midland RockHounds will begin to receive those payments once again.

Last week, according to multiple reports, the Oakland Athletics – the RockHounds’ parent MLB club – notified its minor-league prospects via email that their $400 weekly payments would stop after May 31.

On Friday, A’s owner John J. Fisher apologized for that decision and promised to rectify the situation.

“After spending the last few days listening to the important input from our fans and others, we will immediately begin paying our minor league players,” Fisher said in a statement released by the team. “These players represent our future and clearly our decision to not pay them was a mistake. The truth is that we got this decision wrong, and I apologize to our minor league players and others involved.”

Players affected by the temporary pay-freeze will be compensated retroactively for the first week of June.

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