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There was nearly a hiccup in the plan for the Red Sox to jettison to Japan after their final spring training game against the Blue Jays. Early this morning the Sox players voted unanimously to boycott the game against the Jays and the trip to Japan if their coaches and trainers were not given compensation for the trip.
Apparently the players were to receive stipends on the trip but the coaches would not be receiving any compensation. The situation quickly escalated into a players only meeting in which the Sox players voted not to play or travel until the situation was resolved.
After nearly an hour delay, the Sox and MLB did come to an agreement on payment and the Sox took the field against the Jays and now are headed off to Japan.
My Take: This story kind of came out of nowhere. I find it very hard to believe that MLB would not give any compensation to coaches or trainers on the trip. We’ll see where the story goes but the bottom line is, the Sox are off to Japan to open the season against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday.