The Royals own the best record in the American League at 73-46. And they are about to get even stronger.
According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Royals manager Ned Yost said this afternoon that Alex Gordon will begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Omaha.
Gordon has been sidelined since July 8 with a Grade 2 strain of his left groin. There’s no clear timetable in regard to how many rehab games he’ll need, but it’s reasonable to expect him to return around when rosters expand on September 1.
Gordon was having one of his best seasons at the plate prior to the injury, batting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI over 78 games. Ben Zobrist has seen some playing time in left field since coming over from the Athletics at the trade deadline, but he figures to be the regular second baseman down the stretch.
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.