Sandy Koufax relieved Magic Johnson for the first pitch at Dodger Stadium

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Fans at Dodger Stadium got to see a pretty cool ceremonial first pitch yesterday before the Dodgers-Giants game.

New owner Magic Johnson took the mound to throw out the first pitch, but then manager Don Mattingly came out of the dugout to make a pitching change, signaling for a reliever as Vin Scully’s voice came over of the PA system to say: “It looks like it’s gonna be a left-hander.”

And then Sandy Koufax took the mound:

And that was before Clayton Kershaw decided to throw a shutout and hit a homer. Helluva day in Los Angeles.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.