Marcus Hayes: Phillies ax 80 employees in the holiday spirit, their latest public fiasco

PHILADELPHIA — Black Friday took on a whole new meaning for 80 Phillies employees this year.That was the day the world discovered that the $2 billion franchise and its billionaire ownership group eliminated 80 of its front-office positions — almost 20% of the workforce — to save about $8 million. With excruciatingly insensitive timing, and with the blessing of billionaire owner John Middleton, team president Andy MacPhail and executive vice president Dave Buck reportedly issued email announcements on Wednesday to all franchise employees.Wednesday was, of course, Thanksgiving eve.Happy Thanksgi…

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