THE ‘OL BALLGAME

April 16, 2013


The following statistics are from “USA TODAY”, Monday, April 1, 2013.

It has been said that baseball is “America’s game”—our national pastime.  I don’t doubt that for one minute.  There are twenty-nine (29) teams in the United States and one (1) team in Canada, each playing one hundred and sixty –two (162)  games per season; lasting from early April to late September  with post-season play in  October.  Four thousand eight hundred and sixty (4,860) games.  You can see there are multiple games just about every day during the season, most televised on a regional basis.  If you follow baseball at all, you have a favorite team.  One that sparks your imagination and takes you back to the time when you devoutly wished for play in the “bigs”. Times have truly changed over the years from big-league players barely making ends meet to the multi-millionairs of today.  There are many stories of players participating in the game they love, then working a second job to feed wife and family.  Not too uncommon in the late 40s and 50s.   Today, salary figures quite quite different.  Let’s take a look at the highest paid players in major league baseball.

  • Alex Rodriguez     Yankees     $29 million
  • Cliff Lee                     Phillies       $25 million
  • Johan Santana       Mets            $24.6 million
  • Mark Teixeira       Yankees      $23.1 million
  • Prince Fielder       Tigers          $23 million
  •  Joe Mauer             Twins           $23 million
  • Tim Lincecum      Giants          $23 million
  • Zack Greinke         Dodgers       $21 million
  • Vernon Wells        Yankees      $21 million
  • Miguel Cabrera     Tigers           $21 million
  • Adrian Gonzalez   Dodgers     $21 million

I certainly don’t begrudge anyone for making money, even these amounts, but there are those years in which these guys are definitely overpaid.  The matrix is RBIs, home runs, times on base, strikeouts, hits, etc.  You know the drill.     In choosing several individual teams, we see the following:

Total Payroll                  $89.8 million

Average Salary             $3. 1 million

Total Payroll                  $154.6 million

Average Salary              $5.1 million

  • Washington Nationals               

Total Payroll                  $110.8 million

Average Salary             $4.4 million

Total Payroll                  $227.3 million

Average Salary             $7.1 million

Total Payroll                  $120.0 million

Average Salary             $4.1 million

There is no doubt that “TV” money is responsible for elevating player salaries.  I just wish we could generate as much enthusiasm for teaching and learning as we do major league baseball.  Can you just imagine a teacher’s starting salary being six figures?  How about a signing bonus?  How about rewarding a teacher for the number of students accepted into university study?  How about a 100 percent high school graduation rate for every child in the United States?  How about a child performing at grade level for every grade?  Would you pay for that?

 

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