Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Baseball News: Two notes

Today ESPN obtained a list of the 409 millionaires playing Major League Baseball. It also ranked the players' salaries all the way through. There are a few items of interest to me:

1) Deplorable: The Yankees had 5 of the top 11 paid, including numbers 1-3 (A-Rod, Jeter, Giambi) and 10 of the top 50 most well-off.
2) Commendable: Mike Piazza is doing an inverse-Clemens this season, choosing to play for the Dodgers for $1.25 million when he clearly could have shopped the market and demanded more to DH for some American league club.
3) Equitable: My beloved Cardinals are not really too big on overspending--future HOFer Pujols is only the 14th highest paid player at $14MM (about half of A-Rod's annual, and less than such superstars as Mike Hampton and Chan Ho Park!!). In all, the Cards have 3 in the top 50 (Pujols, Rolen, and Edmonds) and only 5 in the top 100 (add Isringhausen, 78th, and Mulder, 98th).

Secondarily: Lou Brock was on KFAN-radio program P.A. and Dubay this morning discussing, among other things, the state of baseball and Ricky Henderson breaking his SB record a number of years ago (my paraphrase of a couple items are listed below). Mr. Brock was tremendously gracious on the program speaking candidly about who he likes to watch play today--Pujols, Bonds and Cabrera (whose name he couldn't quite remember).

He was gracious about Henderson ("If you're going to break a record, I want to see you shut the book on the record for some time and Ricky did that."). Brock also mentioned why he didn't much care to attempt to steal for home ("As you get closer to the plate and the batter considers the pitch, that bat keeps looking bigger and bigger"). He ended the call by thanking the KFAN guys for "remembering." What a class act!