Twins interview Doug Mientkiewicz for manager opening

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Twins are interviewing Doug Mientkiewicz for their managerial opening after firing Ron Gardenhire earlier this week.

Mientkiewicz played for the Twins from 1998 to mid-2004, when he was traded to the Red Sox to clear a path for Justin Morneau in Minnesota and went on to win a World Series in Boston. He’s currently managing in the Twins’ farm system at high Single-A and made headlines in 2013 for starting a brawl by tackling the opposing manager.

Mientkiewicz retired in 2009 and is just 40 years old, but as more and more teams give big-league managing gigs to recently retired players with minimal experience he’s definitely a legitimate candidate. Minnesota interviewed Hall of Famer Paul Molitor yesterday and is also expected to interview Terry Steinbach to complete their in-house candidates list.

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.