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Daniel Palka ends hitless skid, optioned to Triple-A

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White Sox outfielder was oh-for-the-season coming into Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Royals. His last hit came in the third inning on the final game of the 2018 season. He struck out in his final two at-bats, then went hitless across his first 12 games of the 2019 season spanning 39 trips to the plate.

Palka did not start, but entered the game in place of Yoán Moncada, who was hit in the head by a throw. Palka ended his skid in his first at-bat in the seventh inning on Wednesday, grounding a single to left field to put runners on first and second with no outs. The White Sox were unable to capitalize and ended up losing 4-3.

The White Sox optioned Palka to Triple-A Charlotte after the game.

Palka’s streak wasn’t as prodigious as that of the Orioles’ Chris Davis. Palka’s hitless streak spanned 41 plate appearances. Davis went 54 consecutive trips to the dish without a hit.

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.