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MLB Avg Salary Surpasses $3M, Increases Less Than 1% from 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 00:37
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According an annual report by the MLBPA,  the average salary for the 912 players on the 2010 season rosters averaged $3,014,512. It is the first time that the league’s average salary surpassed $3 million, according to the union for the players’ calculations.

While surpassing the $3 million mark is significant, the rise in average salary over 2009’s $2,996,106 for 926 players was just 0.62 percent, the smallest increase since the league saw a 4.92 percent decline in salary in 1995.

Showing that the majority of players in the league actually earn close to the league minimum, the report shows 346 players – 56 percent of the players in the league last year – with 0 to 2 years of service time earning an average salary of $504,877. The minimum salary in MLB will be $414,000 in 2011. By comparison 13 players  with at least 15 years of service time saw an average salary of $8,246,873

The New York Yankees led the way with an average salary of $7,604,930 for 31 players, a decrease of just under 1 percent compared to their 2009 average salary of $7,663,351 for 28 players in 2009.

The Philadelphia Phillies leapt from ranking #8 in 2009 with an average of $4,055,455 for 31 players to #2 last season with an average of $5,662,551 for 28 players, an increase of 28 percent. The club has seen average salary increase by 54 percent since 2006.

The other club making a big move upward in average salary was the Chicago White Sox who had an average salary of $4,580,868 for 29 players ranking them #4 after being #12 in 2009 when their average was $3,458,400 for 29 players, an increase of 32 percent.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Pittsburg Pirates ranked #30 for the second year in a row, and no higher than 29th in the last 3 years with an average salary of $1,140,598 or 38 percent below the league average and 6.7 times less than the Yankees average salary in 2010. By comparison, the Pirates had an average salary of $1,871,402 in 2007.

In terms of 2010 playoff teams, the average ranking for the 8 teams that made the postseason was 10 by average salary (Yankees highest at #1 and Reds lowest at #19). The following shows average salary (plus ranking) are as follows:

ALDS

  • Twins – $3,511,605 for 30 players (#11)
  • Rays – $2,621.748 for 29 players (#16)

NLDS

  • Reds - $2,445,248 for 32 players (#19)
  • Braves - $3,670,835 for 28 players (#10)

ALCS

  • Yankees - of $7,604,930 for 31 players (#1)

NLCS

  • Phillies - 4,055,455 for 31 players (#2)

World Series

  • Texas Rangers – $2,402,506 for 33 players (#14)

World Series Champions

  • Giants – $2,899,400 for 32 players (#7)

Final total payrolls for the 2010 season as calculated by MLB will be released next week. The league uses a different accounting method so each year the MLBPA's figures and MLB's are slightly off.

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Govt Not Pursuing MLB Drug Test Results Deemed “Significant Victory” by Players Union PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 14:59

MLBPAIn a victory, not only for MLB players, but for those concerned about the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday, December 10, that the Government would not ask the United States Supreme Court to reverse a court of appeals ruling that the Government had illegally seized records regarding Major League Baseball’s 2003 survey-drug testing. The deadline for asking the Supreme Court to review the case – by filing a petition for certiorari – was Monday, December 13.

The decision by the Justice Department to drop the appeal means that the court of appeals ruling is now final, and that the records regarding the 2003 testing must remain confidential.

“We are pleased that the Government has decided not to pursue this case any further and to let this long legal battle end,” said Michael Weiner, Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. “Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the players were promised that these 2003 test results would be anonymous and confidential. We have always believed that the seizures were improper and violated the rights of the players and the MLBPA. The courts have agreed. This is a significant victory for our members and for our collectively bargained Joint Drug Program."

In 2004, with search warrants that named just 10 players, the Government seized records regarding the 2003 MLB drug-testing for all Major League players. The MLBPA immediately contested the seizures, and later in 2004 three different federal district judges ruled in favor of the MLBPA and ordered the Government to return the materials.

The lengthy appellate process followed. Last September an eleven-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a vote of 9-2, issued a revised opinion confirming its previous ruling that the seizures were illegal and violated the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures (for more see the January 2007 Baseball Prospectus article The Fourth Amendment, the MLBPA and the BALCO Investigation).

The survey tests were collectively bargained between the players and the league to determine whether mandatory testing for PEDs would begin in 2004. If more than 5 percent of the players tested were positive for PEDs, the testing would begin. In 2003 1,438 players were tested, and 104 of them, or 7.23%, tested positive for steroids. Mandatory testing was then implemented in 2004. The 2003-2006 CBA stated that, "At the conclusion of any Survey Test, and after the results of all tests have been calculated, all test results, including any identifying characteristics, will be destroyed in a process jointly supervised by the Office of the Commissioner and the Association." The MLBPA, however, did not destroy the results and the government seized the information as part of the BALCO investigation. The matter has languished in the courts for years, and it is believed several names on the list were leaked to the media. It is not known whether any players plan to pursue legal action against the government in the case.


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Texas Rangers Make Multi-Offers to Cliff Lee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 09 December 2010 21:49

THIS IS BREAKING NEWS...

Texas Rangers Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg called an 8pm CT conference call with print media only tonight to announce that the club has made an offer to Cliff Lee. While Greenberg would not release details on the offer, the meeting took place in Arkansas that lasted approximately 90 minutes at the office of Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker.  Greenberg, assistant GM Thad Levine and owner Ray Davis met with Cliff Lee and his wife, according to Anthony Andro.

Davis, a co-Chairman of the Board of the Texas Rangers along with Bob Simpson are both key investors in the Rangers that purchased the club at auction.

Greenberg said that the Red Sox signing of Carl Crawford to a 7-year, $142 million deal today was the catalyst for the trip.

Greenberg said he was optimistic about matters and made multiple offers to Lee. This after the Yankees reportedly upped the ante by adding an additional year on a 6-year, $142 million offer Thursday.

Logic dictates that if Greenberg were to go this far in calling a conference call to let the world know that the Rangers made offers, with a key club investor in tow, that they have, at the very least, matched the Yankees offer, although how they "matched" could be done in different ways.

If multiple offers have been made, it’s possible that there could be more years, but less AAV, a matched offer, or possibly less money but more years. One might imagine option years in the mix of the Player variety, a possible signing bonus, and surely awards and/or innings pitched incentives that could lead to bonuses or possible salary escalators across the life of the contract.

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At the Winter Meetings: The MLB Rule 5 Draft Selection Order PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 December 2010 08:34

MLBToday is the last day of the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, but a key activity occurs today. At 9:00 a.m. ET the process of selecting players begins.

During the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, players left unprotected may be selected for $50,000. The Selection Rules provide that a player must remain on the drafting team’s active Major League roster during the following season or be offered back to the original club at half the original price.

The draft order, which follows, is based on the reverse order of finish during the 2010 season. The Triple-A and Double-A phases of the draft will follow the Major League phase and will follow the same selection order as

described above:

RULE 5 DRAFT ORDER OF SELECTION

1 Pittsburgh Pirates

2 Seattle Mariners

3 Arizona Diamondbacks

4 Baltimore Orioles

5 Kansas City Royals

6 Washington Nationals

7 Cleveland Indians

8 Chicago Cubs

9 Houston Astros

10 Milwaukee Brewers

11 New York Mets

12 Florida Marlins

13 Los Angeles Dodgers

14 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

15 Oakland Athletics

16 Detroit Tigers

17 Colorado Rockies

18 Toronto Blue Jays

19 St. Louis Cardinals

20 Chicago White Sox

21 Boston Red Sox

22 San Diego Padres

23 Texas Rangers

24 Cincinnati Reds

25 Atlanta Braves

26 San Francisco Giants

27 Minnesota Twins

28 New York Yankees

29 Tampa Bay Rays

30 Philadelphia Phillies


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Baseball Winter Meetings to Return to Orlando in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 December 2010 14:46

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, currently hosting the Baseball Winter Meetings, will once again be the site of the industry’s annual convention from December 9-12 in 2013. It will mark the third time that the meetings have been held here, and the 16th time the Baseball Winter Meetings have taken place in Florida, the most of any state.

“We are pleased to announce that the Baseball Winter Meetings are returning here to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort,” Tim Purpura, Minor League Baseball Executive Vice President and COO said. “This fabulous resort is proving once again this week to be a wonderful site for our convention. We look forward to returning here in three years to enjoy all of the great service and amenities that this fine facility offers.”

The Walt Disney Worlds Swan and Dolphin Resort also hosted the Baseball Winter Meetings in 2006. Next year’s convention is scheduled for December 5-8 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The 2012 Baseball Winter Meetings return to The Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, site of the 1983, 1989, 1998, 2002 and 2007 conventions.

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From the Winter Meetings: Jim Leyritz Seen in the Lobby PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 December 2010 06:20

Acquitted 2 and a 1/2 weeks ago of DUI manslaughter charges, former Yankees player Jim Leyritz was an unexpected sight in the lobby of the Dolphin at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Here he is chatting with Peter Gammons, who is wearing his trademark tennis shoes with his suit.


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Joaquin Benoit Named 2010 Tony Conigliaro Award Recipient PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 December 2010 15:01

Right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit, who overcame a torn right rotator cuff to pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, has been voted the winner of the 21st annual Tony Conigliaro Award. This honor is presented to a Major League player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C. The announcement was made today.

Tony's brothers, Billy and Richie, will officially present the award at the 72nd Boston Baseball Writers' Association of America's annual dinner on January 20, 2011 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

The Red Sox began the award in 1990 to perpetuate the memory of Tony C., who died in February of that year following an eight-year struggle to come back from a massive heart attack that left him severely handicapped. Major League teams submit nominations and an independent 12-person panel does the voting.

Benoit missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing rotator cuff surgery that January. The Tampa Bay Rays signed the right-hander to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training in February 2010. Benoit began the season with AAA Durham, before he was called up to the Rays’ big league roster on April 29. He went on to become a key part of the Tampa Bay bullpen, leading all American League relievers with a 1.34 ERA (60.1 IP, 9 ER) over 63 appearances.

A free agent this winter who signed with Detroit, Benoit beat out Boston Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie and Oakland Athletics left-handed pitcher Bobby Cramer for the award. Also receiving votes were: Cincinnati Reds left-handed pitcher Arthur Rhodes, Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano, and New York Yankees outfielder Colin Curtis.

Past winners include: Jim Eisenreich (1990), Dickie Thon (1991), Jim Abbott (1992), Bo Jackson (1993), Mark Leiter (1994), Scott Radinsky (1995), Curtis Pride (1996), Eric Davis (1997), Bret Saberhagen (1998), Mike Lowell (1999), Kent Mercker and Tony Saunders (2000), Graeme Lloyd and Jason Johnson (2001), Jose Rijo (2002), Jim Mecir (2003), Dewon Brazelton (2004), Aaron Cook (2005), Freddy Sanchez (2006), Jon Lester (2007), Rocco Baldelli (2008) and Chris Carpenter (2009).

Tony C. became the youngest player (at age 20) to lead his league in home runs when he hit 32 in 1965, and the youngest in American League history to reach 100 homers (22 years, 197 days). His promising career was tragically cut short when he was hit in the face by a pitch at Fenway Park on August 18, 1967. He missed all of 1968, made a inspiring comeback in 1969 and was traded to the California Angels after the 1970 season. Tony played two years with the Angels and then made another comeback with the Red Sox in 1975, his final season in the Majors.
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Right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit, who overcame a torn right rotator cuff to pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, has been voted the winner of the 21st annual Tony Conigliaro Award. This honor is presented to a Major League player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C. The announcement was made today.

Tony's brothers, Billy and Richie, will officially present the award at the 72nd Boston Baseball Writers' Association of America's annual dinner on January 20, 2011 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

The Red Sox began the award in 1990 to perpetuate the memory of Tony C., who died in February of that year following an eight-year struggle to come back from a massive heart attack that left him severely handicapped. Major League teams submit nominations and an independent 12-person panel does the voting.

Benoit (pr. ben-wah) missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing rotator cuff surgery that January. The Tampa Bay Rays signed the right-hander to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training in February 2010. Benoit began the season with AAA Durham, before he was called up to the Rays’ big league roster on April 29. He went on to become a key part of the Tampa Bay bullpen, leading all American League relievers with a 1.34 ERA (60.1 IP, 9 ER) over 63 appearances.

A free agent this winter who signed with Detroit, Benoit beat out Boston Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie and Oakland Athletics left-handed pitcher Bobby Cramer for the award. Also receiving votes were: Cincinnati Reds left-handed pitcher Arthur Rhodes, Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano, and New York Yankees outfielder Colin Curtis.

Past winners include: Jim Eisenreich (1990), Dickie Thon (1991), Jim Abbott (1992), Bo Jackson (1993), Mark Leiter (1994), Scott Radinsky (1995), Curtis Pride (1996), Eric Davis (1997), Bret Saberhagen (1998), Mike Lowell (1999), Kent Mercker and Tony Saunders (2000), Graeme Lloyd and Jason Johnson (2001), Jose Rijo (2002), Jim Mecir (2003), Dewon Brazelton (2004), Aaron Cook (2005), Freddy Sanchez (2006), Jon Lester (2007), Rocco Baldelli (2008) and Chris Carpenter (2009).

Tony C. became the youngest player (at age 20) to lead his league in home runs when he hit 32 in 1965, and the youngest in American League history to reach 100 homers (22 years, 197 days). His promising career was tragically cut short when he was hit in the face by a pitch at Fenway Park on August 18, 1967. He missed all of 1968, made a inspiring comeback in 1969 and was traded to the California Angels after the 1970 season. Tony played two years with the Angels and then made another comeback with the Red Sox in 1975, his final season in the Majors.

 
Judge Rules Jamie McCourt Co-Owns Los Angeles Dodgers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 December 2010 12:46

Frank and Jamie McCourt

THIS IS BREAKING NEWS…

A judge in the divorce proceedings between the McCourts has ruled the Jamie McCourt will be granted partial ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers with her former husband, Frank due to California’s community property law.

According to Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine, the 100-page decision given to attorneys for both parties, Judge Scott Gordon found that the contract at the heart of the fight over the team was not valid or enforceable and that it must be set aside.

"The court finds that the marital property agreement is not a valid and enforceable agreement," Gordon wrote in his ruling. "The court orders that the marital property agreement is set aside."

Frank had been fighting to say that the 2004 document detailing how assets, such as their homes were to be shared, but the Dodgers were not to be shared and owned exclusively by the former husband.

The case could likely drag out in other legal proceedings, and the Dodgers will likely say that it does not impact how they will initially conduct day-to-day operations. It is unclear how the Dodgers would function in an acrimonious partnership between the former husband and wife.

The possibility that the Dodgers will now be sold becomes very real due to today’s ruling although that will ultimately be determined through any appeals process by Frank. Major League Baseball has declined comment on the ruling.


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From the Winter Meetings: Michael Weiner Frustrated, Saddened by Marvin Miller Snub PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 December 2010 12:30

Marvin MillerEDITOR’S NOTE: Maury Brown will be reporting this week from the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando


As reported earlier, Pat Gillick has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Expansion Era committee vote. Gillick garnered 11 votes, while Marvin Miller the former Executive Director of the MLBPA, yet again, missed inclusion by a single vote.

Michael Weiner, the current Executive Director of the union for the players said in a statement:

"On behalf of members past and present of the Major League Baseball Players Association, I express my frustration, disappointment and sadness that Marvin Miller today was again denied his rightful place in the Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Weiner. “ Every person who has benefited in the past half century from baseball's prosperity -- player, owner, executive, manager, coach, or member of the media -- owes a debt to Marvin.    Marvin's legacy is undiminished by this vote; the Hall, by contrast, once again squandered a chance to better itself as an institution."

The Expansion Committee does not vote again until 2013. Miller in 93 years old.


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