What a crazy night in the baseball world.
Amid the fallout of Giancarlo Stanton being hit in the face tonight in Milwaukee, Yankees third baseman Chase Headley was hit in the mouth by a 98 mph fastball from Rays closer Jake McGee to begin the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. You can watch it here.
Headley had some blood under his chin, but was able to walk off the field under his own power. That’s a good sign, but Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports that Headley will see a doctor to get X-rays for his jaw.
If tonight wasn’t crazy enough, the Yankees ended up winning the game 5-4 after McGee served up a three-run walk-off homer to Chris Young, who broke up Alex Cobb’s no-hit bid just one inning earlier. Coming into tonight’s action, McGee hadn’t allowed a home run over his first 68 appearances this season. Young was terrible before the Mets finally cut ties with him last month, but pinstripes are suiting him pretty well thus far.
Here’s video of Young’s game-winning blast:
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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.