Roundup: World Series shares, Grapefruit League action, drafting Holliday, Caray fired

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To end the workday, a lot of small stories with nothing quite worth its own post. We’ll have a site announcement coming up in the Open Thread at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the news from around baseball:

Average MLB salary just under $3 million

Despite a nationwide recession, MLB salaries went up again in 2009. Although the 2.4 percent increase was the lowest since 2004, baseball players are still doing quite well for themselves as the average MLB salary is $2.93 million a year. The Yanks were far and away the most generous team as the average Yankee earns $7.66 million a season. This year marked the 11th straight season in which the Yanks led that list. Six of the top eight teams — New York, Boston, St. Louis, the Dodgers, the Angels and the Phillies — made the playoffs with only the Mets and Tigers missing a post in the October dance.

Yanks take home $365K each in World Series share

A few months ago, I speculated that the Yankees, if they won the World Series, would earn the highest per-player share in postseason history, and that reality has come to pass. MLB unveiled the Yanks’ World Series shares today, and each person who earns a full share will take home a bonus of $365,052.73. According to the press release, the Yanks have awarded 46 full shares, 12.25 partial shares and 2 cash awards, and for some of those young kids who made the league minimum this year, their salaries just doubled. Postseason shares are awarded from 60 percent of the gate from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from Games 1-4 of the AL and NLCS and the World Series.

The Yankees aren’t the only players enjoying a rich and lucrative postseason. The Phillies, World Series runners-up, will earn $265,357.50 per full share, and even the chokers get some money. The Red Sox will each earn $28,263.28 for getting swept by Los Angeles. The Angels, in a very classy move, voted to give Nick Adenhart’s family a full playoff share totaling $138,000.

Yanks announce 2010 Grapefruit League schedule

With pitchers and catchers just 79 days away, the Yankees have unveiled their 2010 Spring Training schedule. Pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 17, and games begin with an afternoon affair against the Pirates on March 3. The Yankees will match up against the Phillies five times during the Grapefruit League and will play all AL East teams except the Red Sox. As a Spring Training finale on April 3, the Big League club will take on a roster of Minor League prospects. If you have a chance to get to some Spring Training games, check out the action. It’s always a lot of fun. Tickets go on sale next month.

For some reason, doesn’t yet have the full schedule up on the Yanks’ official site. But Marc Carig has it as his blog. So just head on over for a full list of the games.

TBS fists Chip Caray out of a job

With more than a little glee, Richard Sandomir of The Times reports that TBS and Chip Caray will part ways prior to the 2010 baseball season. Caray came under fire from, well, just about anyone who watched baseball this October for his terrible announcing and play-by-play job. Sandomir highlights a particularly egregious example. While calling what Sandomir termed “an obvious lineout,” Caray announced it as such: “Line drive. Base hit. Caught out there. The runner tags. Throw to the plate. On target. And in time! A double play!” He won’t be missed.

Yanks ‘considered’ drafting Holliday in 1998

In a piece yesterday, Anthony McCarron noted that the Yanks thought about drafting Matt Holliday in 1998. They opted against making such a move due to Holliday’s football commitment to Oklahoma State. McCarron notes that the Yanks went with Drew Henson, another football/baseball high school star, but the comparison isn’t really apt. Holliday fell to the seventh round due to signability concerns, the Yanks drafted Henson in the third round that year. What the Yanks should not do, however, is rectify a 11-year-old mistake by signing Holliday this winter.

Jeter named SI's Sportsman of the Year
Open Thread: Indianapolis in the middle of winter?
  • JGS

    no more Caray?


  • Drew

    It’s funny how little 365K is to guys like Al, Derek, CC and Teix. Then you have guys like Melk, D-Rob and the other youngens who are probably happy as can be (not to say that Al, Derek, CC and Teix aren’t happy).

    Am I the only one looking forward to retribution come ST when we face the Phils? I doubt that Girardi will let them get away with hitting our hottest hitter 3 times in 2 games(I think that’s what it was).

    • Benjamin Kabak

      At first I thought the Yanks might go for some Graprefruit League action, but they did that a few years ago with Tampa. No one was hurt in the World Series. There’s no point in risking that during Spring Training.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Meh, I understand that people want retribution. I was pretty pissed at the time. Now? Whatever. We won the World Series and all they have to look forward to is a new season of Parking Wars.

      • vin

        Man, I love that show.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Sometimes at work I like to pretend that I’m Chip Caray. I make inaccurate play-by-play calls of what my coworkers are doing, or completely misinterpret what they say. To keep them on their toes I’ll say “Joe really got fisted on that invoice,” or “I think this is a throwback business meeting to the Powerpoint-heavy days. Honestly, I think the two best presentations are playing, and you can’t always say that. I think this looks like a long meeting.”

    I can’t believe I’m not better liked around the office. Now that he’s fired, I’m suddenly a bit fearful for my job security.

    • J

      Pure genius. Well done!

  • Evil Empire

    I’m sure Caray will fist out another baseball play-by-play gig in short order. Nobody will ever fist the 7th inning stretch like his grandpappy used to, though.

  • pat

    Man, I haven’t seen the Fisted! tag since Jenna Jameson was guest editor.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I don’t remember much of Chip Caray outside of fisting. Probably because whenever the Yankees did something right which was 90 percent of the time he fell asleep.

  • Don


    Now when does Joe “I dont watch baseball because I have better things to do like watch the Batchelorette” Buck get the axe???

    • Don

      Probably could’ve shortened that to Joe “The Batchelorette” Buck.

  • Richard Deegan

    46 full shares for the Yanks, plus another 12.25 (I think that’s the total of all the partials) makes 58.25.
    Now THAT shows a lot of class!!! Sounds like the 40s 50s Yanks.

  • NC Saint

    Wouldn’t median league and team salaries tell us a lot more than the mean averages here?

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