Ross Stripling, Walker Buehler & Justin Turner Commend David Price For Paying Dodgers Minor League Players
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As Major League Baseball and the Players Association remain at odds over an economic plan and health and safety protocols in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a subplot to the tension is pay for Minor League players and uncertainty they are facing.

The widely held expectation is the 2020 MiLB season will be cancelled in its entirety. Minor League affiliates were already facing the prospects of contraction, and droves of players have been released or are on the verge of being cut by respective organizations.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have not gone down that path, instead joining a list of teams who are going to continue paying Minor League players beyond the initial May 31 commitment date. Meanwhile, those within the Dodgers organization are receiving an additional $1,000 each from David Price.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Price specifically asked the Dodgers that they not publicize his generous act:

While Price did not seek public notoriety for his contribution, the news quickly spread, and earned him praise from Dodgers teammates Ross Stripling, Walker Buehler and Justin Turner.

That Price would provide for those in need isn’t much of a shock. Talented as the five-time All-Star is, he’s equally lauded for being kind, generous and positive presence in the clubhouse.

“Obviously the success he’s had is evident and everybody knows about that, but he was as good of a teammate as I’ve ever seen,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said when Price and Mookie Betts were officially introduced at Dodger Stadium.

“The impact he has in the clubhouse was as significant as I’ve seen, so he was a huge part of the culture and success we had with the Rays. What he does on the mound every fifth day is obvious and evident, but as we continue to look to supplement and add to this core group, what David brings goes beyond every fifth day.”

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