Carlos Gomez suspended, Brian McCann goes unpunished

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MLB apparently felt that Carlos Gomez’s postgame Twitter apology wasn’t enough following his incident with the Braves last night, so they’ve suspended the Brewers center fielder for tonight’s game against the Mets.

Gomez homered off Paul Maholm–continuing what has been a longtime quasi-feud–and took his sweet time going around the bases. He then started yelling back and forth with Maholm and first baseman Freddie Freeman. And finally when he reached home plate Braves catcher Brian McCann physically prevented Gomez from scoring, although the umpires counted his run via an interference ruling.

Benches cleared, Gomez was ejected, and now he’ll have to sit out one of the Brewers’ final four games. Braves outfielder Reed Johnson was also suspended for one game, but McCann will apparently go unpunished except for an undisclosed fine, which Freeman also got.

Here’s video of the entire thing, from MLB.com:

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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.