Miami defeated Baltimore to snap an eight-game losing streak late Saturday night on a Martin Prado walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning.
It was the first win for the Marlins under new skipper Dan Jennings, who transitioned from the front office to the dugout last Monday after the firing of Mike Redmond. So … uh … pool party, anyone?
That’s in the Clevelander at Marlins Park, a South Beach-themed bar located just beyond the left-field fence. Jennings was out there with his players, so this was obviously manager-approved. Proper supervision at the pool is important. “It’s the best, dirtiest bath I’ve ever had,” Jennings told reporters after the game.
The Dodgers got into a bit of hot water — pun intended — for jumping into the pool at Arizona’s Chase Field after clinching the National League West title back in 2013. But maybe this is cool because it was done in the Marlins’ own stadium? Surely somebody out there has the energy to produce a scathing take.
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.