Chris Davis won’t be on Orioles’ roster for ALCS

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We heard earlier this week that Chris Davis was unlikely to be on the Orioles’ roster for the ALCS against the Royals and manager Buck Showalter made it official in his comments to the media this afternoon.

Davis is not eligible to return from his 25-game amphetamine suspension until Game 6 of the ALCS. In other words, if the Orioles were to include him on their roster, they would have to play one man short for the first five games of the series. This decision might have been a little tougher if the Orioles needed five games to get past the Tigers in the ALDS, as Davis would have been eligible to return for Game 4 of the ALCS, but it just doesn’t make much sense in this case.

While Davis will not be active, he will be with the team during the ALCS. However, he will not be allowed to sit on the bench during the games. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Showalter said today that Davis will be considered for the World Series roster if the Orioles make it past the Royals.

Davis batted .196 with 26 home runs and a .704 OPS in 127 games this season prior to his suspension.

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.