If hitting 71 home runs since the start of the 2013 season didn’t put Rangers prospect Joey Gallo on the map, his batting practice session at Target Field in Minnesota prior to this evening’s Futures Game certainly did.
Gallo hit a ball clear out of Target Field and also broke a truck’s windshield. Baseball America’s JJ Cooper tweeted some pictures:
Gallo, 20, has progressed from Single-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Frisco. In 362 plate appearances at both levels, he has hit 31 home runs, knocked in 73 runs, and posted a .307/.434/.703 slash line.
Gallo struck out against Twins prospect Domingo German in his first at-bat in the second inning of the Futures Game. He struck out against Yankees prospect Luis Severino in the fourth.
Update (6:48 PM): Gallo crushed a Michael Feliz offering for a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put Team USA up 3-2. Absolutely crushed.
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.