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Joe Panik has accounted for all of the Giants’ offense so far


Update (7:02 PM ET): Evan Longoria broke two ignominious streaks at once. He got his first hit of the season and became the first non-Panik player to provide offense, sneaking a two-run home run over the fence in left field off of Gonzales in the seventh inning.


The Giants opened up the season with two 1-0 victories over the Dodgers. In both games, second baseman Joe Panik accounted for the lone run with a solo home run. His first was a fifth-inning shot off of Clayton Kershaw. In the second game, he broke a scoreless tie with a blast off of closer Kenley Jansen. Then the Giants were themselves shut out in the other two games of their four-game set against the Dodgers, losing 5-0 and 9-0.

On Tuesday, the Giants held their home opener against the Mariners. Things appeared to be heading in the direction of another shutout, as the Giants fell behind 4-0 after three and a half innings. In the fourth, Panik once again put the Giants on the board with a solo home run, this time off of Marco Gonzales. If you’re counting at home, the Giants have scored a grand total of three runs so far this season. Joe Panik has three solo home runs.

Indeed, Panik has really been the only Giants hitter who has been able to get things going. Buster Posey is not to be forgotten, as he entered Tuesday batting .308 with a pair of doubles. But newcomers Andrew McCutchen, Austin Jackson, and Evan Longoria were hitting .063, .083, and .000, respectively. Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt were batting .214 and .231, respectively. Yikes.

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.