Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres and free agent pitcher Jake Peavy have been chatting about a possible reunion. You’ll recall that he spent his first eight years in San Diego, where he won a Cy Young Award in 2007 and won 92 games.
Reunions are fun, but this would be sort of like an awkward high school reunion, right? One which happens after you found yourself over the hill and have let yourself go a bit and you’re kind of worried about meeting that old significant other? Sure, you were AWESOME back in the day, but you just got done posting the equivalent of 5.54 ERA in life, while getting demoted in the process. Now you find yourself having to leave that glamorous city in which you were working and heading back home to figure out what to do next in life
But hey, that old significant other from high school isn’t looking that great either! Indeed, they’ve had a few bad years in a row now and, even if they let you go once before, they’re more than eager to have you back now. Heck, you’re probably the best they’ve seen in some time.
Maybe it’s time to check your pride and accept who you are and where you are now and give that old flame a chance? Maybe it’s time to see if, even as you enter your twilight years, you can’t rekindle at least a little something from your salad days?
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.