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savafan
01-04-2006, 10:37 AM
Cost of living...:lol:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/03/AR2006010301435_2.html

BASEBALL: The minimum salary for players in the major leagues is rising $11,000 this year to $327,000.

The 3.5 percent increase is due to a cost-of-living escalator in baseball's labor contract.

dman
01-04-2006, 11:23 AM
This kind of stuff always makes me bitter toward the sport and any pro sport for that matter. Granted, I chose the career that I went into, but still, I walk up to a car not knowing who will be the person to put a round into me, and I know that SunDeck used to go into burning buildings not knowing if he would come back out. But for crying out loud, $327K/Yr. to ride the pine. No professional athlete of any caliber has anything to complain about.

Unassisted
01-04-2006, 11:43 AM
But for crying out loud, $327K/Yr. to ride the pine. No professional athlete of any caliber has anything to complain about. How about the "professional athletes" making $13K to ride the bus from Missoula to Casper in mid-July? ;)

Here are some other interesting facts about the ML minimum from http://www.mlb4u.com/pcontracts.html.


In 2004, the minimum salary was $300,000 and the average salary was $2,313,535. Previously, in 2003, the minimum salary was $300,000 and the average salary was $2,372,189. Salaries dropped 2.5% from 2003 to 2004. It was the first drop since 1995, after the strike-shortened season. Before that the only time the average salary for a MLB player dropped was in 1987, when owners conspired in an act of collusion.

The team with the highest average salary were the Yankees with an average player salary of $6.38M, a new MLB record. World Series champion Boston was second at $3.71 million and the $2.67 million gap between New York and the Red Sox was greater than the averages for 20 of the 30 major league teams. Pittsburgh had the lowest average salary at $917,126. First basemen were the highest-paid players at an average of $6.8 million, followed by outfielders ($4.5 million), third basemen ($3.8 million), starting pitchers ($3.7 million), catchers and shortstops ($3.5 million), second basemen ($2.9 million), designated hitters ($2.6 million) and relief pitchers ($1.4 million). The average salaries were based on the 927 players on Aug. 31 rosters.

Thus, the 2005 minimum salary was $316,000 and the minimum salary for all 40-man roster players with 2 years on the 40-man roster or at least 1 day of ML service time rose to $52,600> and in 2006— the 2005 minimum plus a cost of living adjustment,rounded to the nearest $500 (the cost of living adjustment cannot lower the mini. salary to under the 2005 minimum)

No player's salary can be reduced more than 20% of his previous season's salary or 30% of the season before last

registerthis
01-04-2006, 12:14 PM
Hey, they gotta eat.

westofyou
01-04-2006, 12:16 PM
Union did this, the 1969 salary was something like 11K, the game makes lots of money and the average player career length is 3 years or so.

They take care of their own.

TOBTTReds
01-04-2006, 03:03 PM
As our president said, "you gotta put food on the family"

Tony Cloninger
01-04-2006, 03:36 PM
The owners, although eventually it would have gotten out of hand anyways, have nobody to blame but themselves. I mean the old time owners who from 1940ish through 1968-69...NEVER raised the Minimum salary for players.

It was always around $10-12K for nearly 30 years.

What goes around...came around veru badly for the owners.

KronoRed
01-04-2006, 05:10 PM
Hey, they gotta eat.
Money apparently.

George Foster
01-04-2006, 10:04 PM
$2,018.51 per game....wow, sign me up for a "cup of coffee" in September!

MartyFan
01-05-2006, 05:22 AM
Okay, so when the Reds don't spend money will you give them a slap on the back for taking a stand or will you criticize them for not doing what it takes too win? :D

Redsland
01-05-2006, 11:55 AM
$2,018.51 per game....wow, sign me up for a "cup of coffee" in September!
You also get $72 a day in "meal money."

Coffeybro
01-05-2006, 05:51 PM
http://www.thejournalnews.com/scenes/041305.htm
Just to be accurate also subtract 40 dollars a day for clubbies for rookies and on up depending on what you make.

traderumor
01-05-2006, 06:06 PM
Just to be accurate also subtract 40 dollars a day for clubbies for rookies and on up depending on what you make.

They can take that out of their meal money :evil:

westofyou
01-05-2006, 06:15 PM
King Kelly made 2K one year in the 1880's and 3K for "use" of his picture (that got them in under the cap) The average industrial worker in the mid 1880's made $440 a year.

The 1883 Giants were called the "Gilt Edge Team" and the $40,000 Nine

Redsland
01-05-2006, 06:18 PM
Just to be accurate also subtract 40 dollars a day for clubbies for rookies and on up depending on what you make.
Interesting. I'd always wondered what they got tipped.

IslandRed
01-05-2006, 07:18 PM
The owners, although eventually it would have gotten out of hand anyways, have nobody to blame but themselves. I mean the old time owners who from 1940ish through 1968-69...NEVER raised the Minimum salary for players.

It was always around $10-12K for nearly 30 years.

What goes around...came around veru badly for the owners.

Excellent point. By forcing the union to go hard-line over every little thing in the 1960s and 1970s, the MLBPA was a juggernaut by the time the money exploded and it was time to fight over the big things.

Nugget
01-05-2006, 07:30 PM
There is nothing wrong with this. Most of the guys on MLB minimum are rookies or career journeymen. Professional atheletes have a short term career. OK you could reduce the minimum and have them take some sort of education period whilst they play, but what if they are cut after one season, do they still attend the education put on by the previous club. If they don't get a new club do they still get to attend the education sessions. What if they get put down to the minor leagues. Could you imagine the outcry if Dunn had to sit out a game because he had "finals" to take. If the MLB minimum didn't exist you'd go back to the days where major leaguers who didn't get the big money once their playing days were over became hobos riding the rails.

westofyou
01-05-2006, 07:31 PM
It was always around $10-12K for nearly 30 years.6k from 47-57 and then up to 7 until the late 60's