Getty Images

Terry Collins taken to hospital for tests, misses Sunday’s game

1 Comment

MILWAUKEE — Mets manager Terry Collins was being taken to a hospital on Sunday for precautionary tests after not feeling well before New York’s series finale against Milwaukee.

Assistant general manager John Ricco said Collins became ill about 45 minutes before the game in Milwaukee, and was treated by a Mets trainer and the Brewers’ team physician.

Ricco said he had no specifics on Collins’ symptoms. The skipper was to be taken to Froedert Hospital in nearby Wauwatosa.

“I was just with Terry. He was alert and fine, just wasn’t feeling well,” Ricco said. “So they’re going to have some tests run.”

Bench coach Dick Scott assumed Collins’ managing duties for Sunday’s game.

The Royals are paying everyone. Why can’t all of the other teams?

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.

The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.

Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.

While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.

Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?