There is none more team hotter than the Blue Jays.
Toronto won again, beating the Oakland A’s 4-2 this afternoon. Mark Buehrle was on the hill and allowed two runs in seven innings. Because he was pitching the game lasted a crisp two hours and twenty-five minutes.
On offense the Jays scored all four of their runs in the second inning thanks to a Kevin Pillar RBI single and a Ryan Goins three-run homer, all off of Jesse Chavez. Outside of that inning Chavez was good, striking out nine and not walking anyone. And, at least until Act III, Scene 2, Mrs. Lincoln probably very much enjoyed “Our American Cousin.”
This was the Blue Jays’ 11th straight win. If they win out, they’ll finish the season 110-52. And my inclusion of that little factoid is only a partial joke, I reckon.
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.