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Overpaid is an understatment…

June 11, 2010

Everyone knows about the players in sports with huge contracts. Joe Mauer signs 8 years for $184 million, Alex Rodriguez signs 10 years $275 million (which was an extension from his previous $252 million per year) but these players are the types that attract fans and sell merchandising. The organization’s feel these players aren’t worth this much money because of their ability but because of the amount of people they bring to the game, the amount of potential they bring in winning a championship, and the amount of merchandise they will sell, etc. Then there are the players who bring none of that and yet are paid multi-million dollar contracts.

Brendan Harris – Brendan Harris is a utility player who isn’t necessarily known for a good arm, he isn’t known for great fielding, and he sure as hell isn’t known for his great bat…so why is he on the Twins roster making $1,450,000 this year? I mean $1.5 million is a lot of money to pay a guy batting .162 in 99 at-bats this year with just 1 home run and 4 rbi.

Nick Punto – Good ‘ol Nicky Punto…for years many Minnesotan’s have been Hot and Cold on him. Personally I have always been cold on him. Yea he’s got great defense (which he showed last night with his back to back errors) but when he steps to the plate I’d rather pinch hit him with Scott Baker. Let’s be honest he kills come backs like the Vikings kill Super Bowl hopes (I know too soon for me too). Anyway back to Nick…he’s making $4,000,000 this year. I get it, he’s good at defense, he’s phenomenal at defense…but really?…$4 mill? Punto is however hitting a whopping .230 on the year with 13 RBI…

Jesse Crain – Yes I saved the best for last. There is no one on any organization that frustrates me more than Jesse Crain. In fact the only thing that makes me more mad than watching him pitch is wondering why Gardy put him in the first place. With an ERA of 5.33 this year and an ERA of 4.70 last year it is safe to say he’s past his prime (when was his prime?). After looking at the contracts of the previous two players I thought there was no way Jesse Could be making $1.5 million or higher this year…he’s making $2,000,000 this year. That’s a lot of cash to give up on average about 1 run every 2 innings he comes in. I mean the guy’s a relief pitcher it’s not like he’s a starter! Why these players are getting paid this much is beyond me, and I will NEVER understand it.

Other notable players and their 2010 salaries.
Denard Span $750,000
Billy Butler (KC) $470,000
Nick Blackburn $750,000
Kevin Slowey $470,000
Francisco Liriano $1,600,000
Jason Kubel $4,100,000…at least he makes $100 grand more than Punto.
Clay Buchholz (BOS) $443,000…check his stats..
etc. etc.

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Time For Replay In Baseball?

June 3, 2010

As I sit here staring at my Opening Day Poster of Target Field at work, last night’s Twins game comes to my head. Although it was a nice way for Griffey to end his career with a walk-off win, it would have been even nicer for the Twins to rain on Seattle’s parade (ironic it would rain in Seattle). In the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs, Ichiro Suzuki stepped to the plate and hit a soft grounder to the 2nd basemen Matt Tolbert who flipped it to Hardy at short for the sure force out which would have sent the game to the 11th inning. However, the runner was called safe and the winning run crossed the plate. Gardenhire (manager of the Twins) later said he would wait to see the replay but was certain the runner was out. This wasn’t the worst call of the night. Over in Detroit a disheartening (but laughable because it’s Detroit) event occurred. Andres Galarraga was 1 out away from pitching the 3rd perfect game this year, and the 21st in Major League Baseball history. Austin Jackson had already made a spectacular catch to keep the perfect game going and it seemed as if this was in the bag. The number 9 hitter, the 27th out, Jason Donald stepped int he box and hit a sharp ground ball towards Miguel Cabrera at 1st base. Cabrera fielded it cleanly and fired to Galarraga for the final out. Cabrera let out a loud cheer as he had thought he had helped his pitcher complete the gem. However first base umpire Jim Joyce thought differently. He called Donald safe on a play in which he was out by a full foot and a half. The replay clearly showed Donald was out. Alas there is no replay review in the MLB, therefore the play cannot be reviewed. Galarraga will always have this one hitter, but can never say he pitched a perfect game. Other instances such as Joe Mauer’s “foul ball” vs. the New York Yankees in the playoffs last year come to mind. The ball landed a good 6 inches in fair territory and could have potentially swung the momentum in that particular game. Again…no replay. It’s time to accept the inevitable, the MLB needs to adopt a replay rule. It doesn’t have to be for balls, strikes, or every out. It just has to be to get the big calls right. A rule system should be set in place to for managers to challenge at least 1 call, and foul balls should always be correct. Tennis uses the system, football, basketball, hockey, etc. It’s your call Bud, figure it out. Something as rare as a perfect game was robbed by one umpire…and on behalf of Mr. Galarraga, please implement the system

Jamieson Russek