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Anthony Gose somehow got away with this slide

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The slide rule has been implemented without much of a problem so far this year. Jose Bautista notably made a slide violation in the season’s opening days, but otherwise, players have quickly learned what constitutes a good slide and what doesn’t.

Anthony Gose, however, made what appeared to be a clear violation of the slide rule in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. The bases were loaded and Joe Ross induced what appeared to be an inning ending double play from Austin Romine. Second baseman Daniel Murphy threw to shortstop Danny Espinosa for the first out. Gose slid into Espinosa in an attempt to break up the attempt, and Espinosa’s throw to first base was late. Gose, however, never touched second base or even attempted to grab it with an outstretched arm.

The slide was reviewed and the umpires felt Gose made a “bona fide slide”.

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Rule 6.10(j), per MLB.com:

[…] a runner will have to make a “bona fide slide,” which is defined as making contact with the ground before reaching the base, being able to and attempting to reach the base with a hand or foot, being able to and attempting to remain on the base at the completion of the slide (except at home plate) and not changing his path for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder.

Both Gose and Romine should have been out, ending the inning without any additional scoring. The Tigers ended up getting a run on the play, and Miguel Cabrera followed up with an RBI single. The Nationals lost 5-4.

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.