New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge says he still hopes to play on Opening Day, but that he is “frustrated” that doctors haven’t determined the cause of soreness in his right shoulder and in the area of his right pectoral muscle.
Judge today that he still needs to undergo more tests. He said “we’re just trying to figure out what’s going on.” Earlier this week Brian Cashman said it was unlikely that Judge would be ready for Opening Day, but he walked that back a bit, saying that Judge was “feeling better.” All of this seems murky at best at the moment.
Judge won the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year award, but was limited to 112 games in 2018 because of a broken right wrist and 102 games last year because of a strained left oblique. Unless he gets some unexpected good news soon, he’s staring down the barrel of yet another truncated season.
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.