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MLB’s Wokman’s Comp Is Pretty Good

Let’s be honest, we all wish we were professional athletes. Maybe not for the working hours. Maybe not for the travel. Maybe not even for the game. But we all would do it for the money. Professional athletes get ludicrous salaries. Some of them are guaranteed money which means they don’t have to perform at any level and they still get paid. I wish I could get raises based on previous performance and then not have to continue to deliver that level any longer.

If that doesn’t make you jealous or think professional sports business is a little upside down, then let me tell you about a little loophole that allows teams to roster more players but makes MLB look like it may have the best workman’s compensation policy on the planet.

If a player on the 40-man roster gets injured, ideally the team would like to be able to replace that team member so that they can replenish the 25-man roster without having to kick the injured player off the roster and run the risk of losing that player to another team. So, because of a slight loop hole, the team can add that player to the big league 25-man roster and then place him on the 60 day DL. This allows this player to stay on the 40-man roster and since he is now on the DL, the team can then add another player to the 40-man roster.

So what does that mean? Why am I even bring this up? Well, for that injured player being transitioned from the 40-man roster to the 25-man roster, he is now considered a professional level MLB player, so he has to be paid the MLB minimum salary. That’s a pretty good compensation. His base salary is going to jump from 5 digits to almost 7 digits. Just look at Burch Smith of the Tampa Bay Rays. He was a minor leaguer making about $80k and then had the dreaded Tommy John surgery (which is an epidemic in the MLB these days). The Rays wanted to keep him on the 40-man roster so they promoted him the the 25-man roster and put him on the DL. This gave Burch Smith a workmans comp of $500k which is 500% more than his season starting salary.

I will sign up for tommy john surgery right now if it means I get 1 year off of work and I make 500% more than I do now during that time. I think all of us would. And if you are shaking your head as if you wouldn’t, then you are lying to me and yourself.

I don’t blame the industry to give back to the players that have helped the game build a fan base. But how about giving some of that money back to the fans. Ticket prices are outrageous and the majority of the fan base can’t afford to experience as many live games as they would want to. How about lowering ticket prices which unfortunately lowers teams’ incomes, but it will lower the lucrative player contracts. Teams will still be able to make money and maybe even more money if the fans walking into the stadium had more money in their pockets from lower ticket prices to spend on team apparel, food, beverages, etc. As an avid fan, I can only dream that someday I will be lucky enough to be able to afford to go to a World Series game.

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If you live in a world without a National Sports News TV Channel, or a world without a Sports feed on your homepage of the internet (I won’t ask if you have internet for obvious reason), then you probably haven’t heard or seen what could be the biggest MLB bench clearing brawl of the 2013 season.

Here’s a video for those who want to relive the action:

That video unfortunately doesn’t have announcer Vin Scully reading Matt Kemp’s lips… “That’s Fertilizer.” “That’s Fertilizer.” Vin Scully kept saying.

Then after the game, Kemp made sure he got some personal one-on-one time with Quentin in the tunnel.

After hours and hours of non-stop discussion on the brawl, the hottest topic is ‘How long will Quentin be suspended’. Personally, I think he should just get the standard 5-6 games. It isn’t his fault that Greinke is fragile and fractured his collar bone. If he gets more the 5-6 games, I feel that every suspension from here on out should match the extended length regardless if a player gets injured or not. Be ready for a topic that will rival the discussions of the ‘Buster Posey Rule‘.

Since I’m already sick of the topic and discussion, Let’s take a ride back in the Tyme Machine.

  1. April 11, 2013 – MiLB Cubs vs Clearwater – Only a day before the Greinke-Quentin incident above, the Cubs minor league affiliate had an incident of their own. Jorge Soler, the Cuban defector which is the Cubs, was sliding into second and the infielder covering the base landed on him. This started a bench clearing ‘argument’ which ended pretty calmly. Until… Soler grabbed a bat, walked over to the opposing teams dugout, and started waving the bat and yelling at the players. There’s no good video or photo footage but I can just imagine Soler yelling in broken English at the top of the dugout steps.
  2. August 10, 2010 – Cardinals vs Reds – Ever wanted to see a grown man kick another man with metal cleats all over a little Bat tap from Brandon Phillips? Cueto must have been listening to a little too much Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting that day. There is still bad blood between these teams and their fans to this day (I know several fantasy owners who are Cardinal fans and will not ever own Cueto).
  3. October 11, 2003 – Red Sox vs Yankees – Or have you ever wanted to see a 32 year old throw a 72 year old to the ground… by his head? Enter Pedro Martinez in an ALCS game. In his defense, he may have though he was gently placing Don Zimmerman to the side so he wouldn’t get hurt and wasn’t sure what the proper procedure was in the US.
  4. August 4, 1993 – White Sox vs Rangers – Or how about the most famous headlock in MLB history? In this corner, a 46 year old Nolan Ryan, and in the other corner, 26 year old Robin Ventura. There was no 6 point pin in this wrestling match, but it still goes down as one of the most memorable brawl in recent years.
  5. May 15, 1912 – Tigers vs Yankees – Lastly, what about a player vs fan brawl? And what if the fan had lost most of his hands from a printing press accident? The no hands issue didn’t stop Ty Cobb from running into the stands and brawling with the fan. And during the fight he responds “I don’t care if he has no feet”. We have all heard the stories of Ty Cobb’s great baseball abilities and his horrible personality. So this incident isn’t surprising in the least.

Do you have a brawl that always comes back to mind when you here of benches clearing in the game? If so, post them below in the comments section.

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Giants Closer A Former Child Star?

I don’t want a large farva, I want a godd*$% liter o’ cola! Does that look like spit to you?

After scooping up the newly appointed Giants closer on waivers, I ran across a different movie reenactment than the one above.

It appears that either Santiago Casilla is a natural reenactment actor or he previously went by the name of Thomas Ian Nicholas and had a friend who enjoys warm apple pie.

Check out this clip from the former child star of Rookie of the Year:

That looked very similar to Henry Rowengartner’s at-bat from Fox’s Rookie of the Year:

Casilla had no intention of lifting that bat off his shoulder. He barely even had both feet in the batter’s box. Yet, the opposing pitcher couldn’t find a wide open strike zone. If Casilla is going to replace “The Beard” and his friend The Machine, Casilla better work on instilling fear instead of showing fear.

This post is also a disclaimer to all those fantasy baseball managers out there… go add Santiago Casilla, not Sergio Romo.

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AHHHHH!!!! Don’t Jump On Home Plate!

Here’s bigger news than the 343% APR interest rate from Western Sky Loans

It’s been 688 days since a home plate beat the crap out of Kendrys Morales ankle. The incident (a walk-off Grand Slam) left Morales an expensive DL spot for almost 2 years.

But Morales has overcame the brutal beating that day and gave a nice little love tap with his right foot after a nice jog around the bases. Kendrys Morales, you are a role model to us all. Perseverance. Strength. And most of all… Don’t Jump On Home Plate!

(Almost identical HR locations between the two… maybe a difference of the last one being 10 feet further to the left)

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Whiskey Prescribed To Tulo

That’s right Derby fans, the great Troy Tulowitzki is headed to the DL, a crushing blow to not only the Rockies but Fantasy Teams (mine included) and Derby Teams as well.

What happened, you ask… he took an AJ Burnett pitch to the wrist on June 17 which shattered it. This will put him out well past the All-Star break at a projected time line of 4-6 weeks. But I have bad news for all of Tulo’s fans. Remember when he was on the DL in 2008??? He had a torn thigh tendon and only 14 games after that sidelined him 46 games, Tulo was frustrated at his latest plate appearance and slammed his maple bat to the ground. Well the maple bat shattered and sliced his palm open requiring 16 stitches.

Why do I bring this up??? Well, statistically, every time Tulo has come of his first DL stint of the season, he has done something stupid which cost him another DL trip. So Tulo fans or Tulo investors, get ready for a minimum of 6-8 week DL stint out of the next 8-10 weeks.

All you Derby fans invested in Tulo. The count down has started for the trade deadline in the derby. You will be able to choose a new player from Group C effective on July 8.

*EDIT* Just watched Justin Upton take a fastball to the elbow. Possibly (probably) another big name to add to the DL list.

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