Wednesday, April 3, 2013

While We Wait

  • The buzz on Twitter is that the Bulls had a "media day" today, but WDBB doesn't count as "media" so we weren't there. Look to the Herald-Sun, News & Observer, and Indy Week for articles tomorrow.
  • Several times a year the question comes up, “How much do these guys make?” Unlike in the majors, however, the answer isn’t all that simple. Over at Rays Index we have a starting point. He has recently posted a chart that estimates the salaries of all the players on the 40-man roster. A player not on the 40-man can be expected to be making something less that $80,000 per season. But there’s a catch. Almost all of them have individual contracts and the terms of those contracts aren’t always available.
  • Why do minor leaguers make so little money? You may ask. Well, mostly because minor leaguers don’t have a union. And why is that? Because they are all living the dream of someday being a major leaguer and diving into the swimming pool of cash the major league players' union has built for their members. For a slightly less cynical view, take a look at this article from a while back.
  • And then there’s this terrific piece from yesterday's Slate magazine. It seems that in 1945 there was a World Series played in Germany between teams made of of major leaguers, minor leaguers, and Negro leaguers. Guess what? Nobody seemed to care that the black players were playing. The soldiers just wanted to see some baseball.

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