Yankees OF/DH Carlos Beltran joined the 400 home run club on Sunday against the White Sox, drilling a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put his team in the lead at 5-4. The dinger came on a 2-2 fastball from lefty reliever Zach Duke, who came in to turn the switch-hitting Beltran from the left side to the right side of the plate.
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Beltran is the 54th player in baseball history to join the 400-homer club and just the fourth switch-hitter along with Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, and Chipper Jones. He can soon move into a tie for 53rd place on the all-time list with Duke Snider at 407. Beltran, a future Hall of Famer, is also only the fifth player in baseball history with 400 career homers and 300 career stolen bases, joining Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Willie Mays.
Beltran, 39, entered the afternoon hitting .244/.274/.465 and now has eight home runs and 18 RBI on the year.
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.