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MLB Network to air a marathon of memorable Opening Day games on Thursday

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Earlier ESPN announced that it would air a Home Run Derby marathon on what would’ve been Opening Day this Thursday. MLB Network just one-upped ’em, announcing that it will air a marathon of memorable Opening Day games.

Here’s the schedule:

    • 1:00 p.m. ET – New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians, April 2, 1996 – Derek Jeter hits a home run in his first career Opening Day;
    • 4:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, April 1, 2013 – Clayton Kershaw pitches a shutout and hits a home run for the Dodgers;
    • 6:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, April 2, 2017 – Madison Bumgarner duels against Zach Greinke;
    • 9:00 p.m. ET – San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies, April 4, 2005 – Teams score a combined 22 runs in a back-and-forth game; and
    • Midnight – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs – April 4, 1994 – Tuffy Rhodes hits three home runs for the Cubs.

Jeter. Kershaw. Bumgardner. Greinke. A wild affair. The Tuffy Rhodes game. Not a bad lineup.

If you have MLB Network, your Thursday is all sorted.

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.