Tag Archives: Edgar Rentería

The Business of Baseball and the World Series……How much do they make?

Baseball  Payrolls 2009 & 2010

  Team 2009 2010 Average
Yankees $201,449,189 $206,333,389 $8,253,336
Red Sox $121,745,999 $162,747,333 $5,611,977
Cubs $134,809,000 $146,859,000 $5,439,222
Phillies $113,004,046 $141,927,381 $5,068,835
Mets $149,373,987 $132,701,445 $5,103,902
Tigers $115,085,145 $122,864,929 $4,550,553
White Sox $96,068,500 $108,273,197 $4,164,354
Angels $113,709,000 $105,013,667 $3,621,161
Mariners $98,904,166 $98,376,667 $3,513,452
Giants $82,616,450 $97,828,833 $3,493,887
Twins $65,299,266 $97,559,167 $3,484,256
Dodgers $100,414,592 $94.945,517 $3,651,751
Cardinals $77,605,109 $93,540,753 $3,741,630
Astros $102,996,414 $92,355,500 $3,298,411
Braves $96,726,166 $84,423,667 $3,126,802
Rockies $75,201,000 $84,227,000 $2,904,379
Orioles $67,101,666 $81,612,500 $3,138,942
Brewers $80,182,502 $81,108,279 $2,796,837
Reds $73,558,500 $72,386,544 $2,784,098
Royals $70,519,333 $72,267,710 $2,491,990
Rays $63,313,034 $71,923,471 $2,663,832
Blue Jays $80,538,300 $62,689,357 $2,089,645
Nationals $60,328,000 $61,425,000 $2,047,500
Indians $81,579,166 $61,203,967 $2,110,482
Diamondbacks $73,516,666 $60,718,167 $2,335,314
Marlins $36,834,000 $55,641,500 $2,060,796
Rangers $68,178,798 $55,250,545 $1,905,191
Athletics $62,310,000 $51,654,900 $1,666,287
Padres $43,734,200 $37,799,300 $1,453,819
Pirates $48,693,000 $34,943,000 $1,294,185

Note:  You can access individual player salaries by clicking the individual’s team.

 The above figures represent salaries for the regular season.  The “Average” column indicates average individual salaries.  Once a team makes it to the post season, there’s an entirely new payout structure for the players on those rosters.  I read an interesting article the other day about what players earn for winning the World Series.  I always thought it was a set amount but instead there’s actually a players’ pool derived from 60% of the gross gate receipts from each of the first four playoff games in each division.  It’s  based on a payout schedule, distributed as follows:

  • World Series Winning Team 36%
  • World Series Losing Team 24%
  • League Championship Series Losers 12% each
  • Division Series Losers 3% each
  • Non-Wild Card Second Place Teams 1% each

Last year the Philadelphia Phillies players were each paid $351,504 for winning the World Series and the losers, the Tampa Bay Rays, each received $223,390.  (It kinda makes me wonder why the Texas Rangers were looking so sad at the end of Game 5 this year!)   Whew!  That’s a lot of “bonus” folks.   Back in 1905, the winners share of the  total pool, based on gate receipts of 91,723 in attendance, was $1,142 to the winners and $832 to the losers. 

“When we played,  World Series checks meant something.  Now all they do is screw up your taxes.”  Don Drysdale, 1978 .

Granted, that was back in 1978 when the tax rate structure was 70%.  Now it’s only 35% but still……35% of  $351,504 is still over $123,000, and that’s a lot of taxes for anyone!   But, I know, it’s still kinda hard to feel sorry for them. 

NY Yankees 2009 World Series Ring

Everyone on both teams in the World Series also gets a World Series ring valued somewhere around $40,000, and in addition to all the above, the MVP (Edgar Renteria this year) gets a car and a trip to Walt Disney World, again, all subject to income taxes,  I’m sure.

Here’s a few interesting tidbits from one of my favorite sources,  Baseball Almanac ~

  • Through the 2009 Fall Classic, there have been 105 World Series Classics, with 612 Series games played in front of 27,407,011 fans.
  • During the World War II years, players in the World Series received a percentage of their shares in War Bonds.
  • The Wildcard Team doesn’t receive a share unless they move up to the next playoff round.

It’s not supposed to be about the money.   They’re supposed to be playing for love of the game, but how can the money not be a huge factor?   Of course it is.   We learned that back in 1994-1995 when the Players went out on a strike that literally shut down half the baseball season that year and we ended up with no World Series.  Of course, the reason we were told was not about the money, but about playing conditions, contract clauses, etc.   But, rest assured, it was about the money.  Players now have managers to look out for their best interests, and who can blame them?    We all grew up really fast in the 90’s and baseball has never really been quite the same.   I mean, who’s to say it won’t happen again?    Well, all I can say is I’m already going into withdrawals with no baseball games to watch…..December, January, February, March and then like magic, it’s April!  And we get to start all over again!   And we’ll keep paying those high ticket prices to the games that continue to fund these high priced baseball players and the teams with those enormous payrolls.   Well, what can I say?  This is baseball, America’s favorite pasttime, and it’s here to stay folks.  Thank you God!




SF Giants 2010 World Series Champions!

I had to play this great song one more time!  It’s much more appropriate to hear it as the World Series Champions!   The SF Giants won the 2010 World Series in 5 games, in grand fashion tonight,  beating the Texas Rangers 3-1, behind the outstanding pitching of  Tim Lincecum .   Here’s some possible headlines I considered:

  • Thank you Giants
  • Thanks for the ride!
  • Believe!
  • Torture to Rapture!
  • Diamonds in the Rough!
  • Beginning of a Dynasty?
  • Say Hey!
  • I left my heart in San Francisco!
  • The Texas who?
  • The eyes of  Texas are upon us!
  • Oh it’s good to be back home again!

Six months ago I booked a 2 week vacation that begins tomorrow!  Can you believe this?  I mean who in their right mind would have thought the Giants could possibly be playing in the World Series in November?   I’ve been on pins and needles all week thinking the Series would go to 7 games, putting it into Wednesday and Thursday of this week, at which time I’d be on the road and in the air enroute to Panama!  But the Giants had other plans, (to accommodate me I’m sure), and decided to call an end to this ordeal in Arlington, TX, and come home tomorrow as World Series Champions!   The only problem is that the parade is going to be Wednesday 11AM in San Francisco, for those of you who’ll be lucky enough to attend.  Unfortunately I won’t be one of them.    So hats off to the SF Giants who’ve played their hearts out all season, and have been rewarded mightily with the Championship Trophy!   The details of this final game are outlined in related articles below so I won’t get into the nitty gritty but I do want to mention that Edgar Renteria who was mentioned in an earlier blog, and is considering retiring after this season, (say it isn’t so Edgar!) was named MVP of the Series. 

A note to the Giants:  Whew what a ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.  But would you mind next year  maybe averaging more than 3 runs per game?  I’m getting too old for this stuff! 🙂



Geez, I know, it’s a really bad title, but it is almost Halloween.  I thought about “Giants Smoke Rangers“, but with all the San Francisco pot stories and ballot measures promoting the stuff right now, I didn’t like that one either, so here it is ~ SF Giants 9, Texas Rangers -0-.    First, let me say, this was a really close game.  Close until the 8th inning and then the bottom fell out of the saddle for the  Texas Rangers.  Up until that time it was a knuckle-grinder and anything could have happened with just one pitch and one hit.  As Aubrey Huff said after the game, the score was really  technically 2-0, and I agree.   It was a wild and crazy 8th inning.  Every game in the post season the

Matt Cain

Giants have managed to come up with a different hero, so there’s not one really spectacular player that stands out about this team.  It’s been like that all year.  This time it was  Matt Cain, record breaking, torture-ending, masterful Matt Cain.  And it was also Edgar Renteria.   Edgar Renteria?  Who’s Edgar Reneria.   See what I mean?  No one’s ever heard of the guy, just like you’ve never heard of   Cody Ross or Juan Uribe or Tim Lincecum.   (Well, maybe Lincecum since he’s a two time Cy Young Award Winner!)   I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this game because, to tell you the truth, in spite of my euphoria for the Giants, I felt bad for the Texas Rangers.  I felt especially bad for Derek Holland,  the young pitcher they brought  in in the 8th Inning, who allowed 3 runs and 3 walks before they finally took him out.  I ‘m still

Edgar Renteria

pondering why Manager Ron Washington left him in so long.  Bochy would have had him out after the first run.  The fact is they’re a much better team than what they showed last night and everyone knows it.  We’ve all been there with really bad games you just want to forget and get past and move on to the next.   But as the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton explained after the game, “Obviously they (Giants)  have the momentum right now, but it sort of felt that way even before the first game started”.   Next game will be at the Texas Rangers table with fan support behind them and I’m thinking it’s gonna be one of those low scoring, close games again.  That’s what the SF Giants are used to.   And besides, Halloween’will be here and gone soon and things can get back to normal.

(Note about Matt Cain.   After last night’s game, Andrew Baggarly, who’s a beat writer with the SJ Mercury News, said he asked Matt why he hadn’t tipped his cap to the crowd and their wild standing ovation for him, and Matt said “Can’t do it with a runner on base.  Just didn’t seem right.”   He had just issued a one out walk and there was still work to be done.  And that’s why he’s so admired and respected by his teammates and the  Giants fans.    Matt Cain, a real team player with a lot of integrity.  Does your heart good doesn’t it?  Just another example of a real class act!  GFBB)