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Salary Bump

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 19, 2020

This is an excerpt from a story at nbcsports.com about minor league salaries. I had no idea these guys made so little.

“MLB already was set to raise Triple-A minimum salaries from $502 a week to $700, with Double-A going from $350 to $600 and Single-A going from $290 to $500. The Giants are raising the Triple-A salaries a tad higher, to $750, and will add housing allowances, per The Chronicle. ”

I know some of those guys get signing bonuses when they’re drafted and I think there is some meal money doled out in there too. But seriously, how do those guys live off those wages? Single A players were making $290 a week? What?

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  1. willedav said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:04 am

    yeah rough life til you get to MLB and living cheaply as can be.
    Reading through MLBTR story on Giants signing Flores, lot of talk from bloggers that Dubon is gonna be CF or at least part of OF. Giants have LH options such as Yaz Dick Duggar (if he makes it) and Shaw, plus B Ham. Slater supposedly has been working all over IF too.
    Does this sound like Kapler’s plan, to play lot of platoon ball based on splits and move guys not named Longo Craw Belt all over everywhere…based on iPad?

    • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:08 am

      I’d imagine everyone, including the Flab Four, will get hit with the platoon stick….

  2. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:07 am

    some guys here have asked about the state of racing in California. With yet another high profile trainer leaving Ca this is a good article explaining some of it.
    https://www.horseracingnation.com/news/Not_so_Keen_about_racing_in_California_training_couple_leaves_123#

  3. willedav said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Pads signed Lagares. Rumor story they are engaging Red Sox in talks to move Wil Myers. Guy has 3 yrs/$60 mil left on contract and basically nowhere to play for SD. Jeez, even Belt’s deal isn’t near that bad.
    Pads gonna be interesting this year.

  4. alleykat69 said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Yeah I think a lot of these players get help with families that enjoy the game are have extra room in they’re houses.Especially the DR players new to the states,Panda,comes to mind,and a lot more in the lower leagues.Tip my hat for these families reaching out and helping these players during a difficult adjustment period..

    • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 10:03 am

      Young Willie Mays stayed in Harlem with Mrs. Goosby, IIRC…

  5. snarkk said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Why do you think single A players live with a “family” that takes them in?
    There’s been a lot of news the last few years on how badly minor leaguers are treated…

    • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:37 am

      I know but $290 a week? Shit that’s like welfare I think

      • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 10:01 am

        Sounds ok to me…

      • alleykat69 said, on February 19, 2020 at 10:08 am

        They can always make a few extra bucks at the sperm bank& blood bank donations..

  6. unca_chuck said, on February 19, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Minor league baseball makes the NCAA look like holy angels. Throw in the mistreatment of immigrant players coming from the DR, PR, and esp Cuba, and it is amazing that some of these guys survive. Puig wen through all this, and still turned into a dick knob however.

    As far as platooning goes, I just hope we have the most expensive bench by a country mile.

  7. chipower9 said, on February 19, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    As Kat alluded earlier, those minor league players often stay with sponsor families, and regularly establish long-lasting bonds with those families. I remember reading one where the sponsor family followed the kid through the minors and was there for his MLB debut.

    That pittance of wages to which you allude Flav is the reason they call the grind through professional baseball as “paying your dues.”

    • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      Pfffttt. Fuck that. Those guys should have been getting paid more than house cleaners. I’m glad they got a pay bump, it should have been more. Minor league teams make plenty of cash and their parent big league clubs certainly should take care of these guys.

    • unca_chuck said, on February 19, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Tell that to college football players who get nothing. Eat too much pasta at the buffet and get suspended.

      • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 1:05 pm

        Saying those guys are getting nothing is a pretty big blanket to toss on that, unca. The best college players get paid X1000 what those single A baseball players get

      • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 1:05 pm

        Tax free, too

      • unca_chuck said, on February 19, 2020 at 2:53 pm

        Well, Buster, or any other big name baseball players, weren’t hurting as they flew through the minors with signing bonuses and contracts, whether they played college ball or not. This always goes back to the fringe guys who are barely making it and having to scrape by. Granted, the road to the majors is much longer and tougher than football, so there’s a big disparity in how long the grind is. But the road to the NFL is littered with hundreds of college players who get hurt, lose their scholarship, and are left with nothing.

  8. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Ok maybe not X1000 lqtm

  9. gianthead said, on February 19, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    No Aubrey Huff at the reunion…no Giant Head..

    • gianthead said, on February 19, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Of course I was never coming anyway:) but Loo’s comments about the thin-skinned state of PC culture is is spot on…we need people on all sides and I say all sides to grow up a little. Wait till the other Dem candidates go ape-shit on Bloomberg tonight. Will be glorious to watch…

      • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 2:13 pm

        Calling someone out for being overly PC is a veiled way to be a racist, homophobic misogynistic asshole. Don’t be that guy GH

      • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:59 pm

        He’s not, and that’s an absurd blanket crack…

  10. dirtnrocksnomo said, on February 19, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t know all the reasons behind host families and whatnot but money is certainly one of them. Especially in the bay area where $290 a week might get you an East Palo Alto garage to sleep in. I may have mentioned this before but my father in law’s neighbor was the host family for Sandoval when he was with San Jose in 2007. I don’t know about all the dynamics-they basically say he was a good kid and that’s about it. They’re Spanish speakers and that was probably really helpful to him being relatively new to the states.

  11. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    I should have said “criticizing someone’s reaction as bring overly PC”. Trump has perfected it. Do or say anything you want and then just blame others for being to PC. You know what? Sometimes being PC just means you aren’t an ignorant asshole.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on February 19, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      Back in the day it was known as being polite or having manners. Folks arguing against PC culture (whatever that means) just want the freedom to be the biggest a-holes they can in public because…reasons or some other nonsense.

      • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 2:27 pm

        Exactly. And I do think people are too reactive these days. But not about EVERYTHING. It’s often become a tool to use to justify abhorrent comments. And that’s fucking bullshit

      • unca_chuck said, on February 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm

        Like Aubrey Huff? Sorry. Couldn’t resist. His kind of racist/misogynist/alt-right speech has become normalized as a valid stance in today’s society courtesy of King Shit-Disturber. React against it and get labelled a snowflake, all the while Sir Tweets-a-lot reacts to EVERY perceived slight no matter the source. Coming down on Canada for time-editing Trump out of Home Alone II? No issue is small enough for Orange Julius Caesar not to be offended. He’s a 5 year old throwing tantrums constantly.

        And I’m sure Trump doesn’t believe all of the hardcore rhetoric of the alt-right. He just knows that it jacks up his base, and it pisses off the Dems no end. He’s a master manipulator who has pushed the boundaries of decency and fairness, let alone trying to rid the country of the rule of law. Yay!

        Bush II (and all the Repubs going back to Nixon) kowtowed to big business while giving lip service to the poor southern whites who were disenfranchised by the dixiecrats and playing up immigration. With abortion becoming the next hot topic, the evangelicals joined forces with the southern folk to create a powerful force that got Reagan elected.

        The blueprint is the same. It is just the Republican party did away with any and all couching of their true agenda of disenfranchising minorities, gerrymandering, and doing all they can to consolidate power while they have the chance. If the republicans had lost in 2016, they may very well have become simply a party of the rural south.

      • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 3:29 pm

        of course like Huff. Huff is a replica of his hero Trump.

  12. unca_chuck said, on February 19, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Yeah, Trump has perfected the art of poking someone with a stick repeatedly and crying foul when you respond.

    Whatever Trump pretends to hate is what he is doing.

  13. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm

  14. djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    How do you guys feel about 50 year old men sharing public bathrooms with your 8 year old granddaughters?

    • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      I’d be against that.

      • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 4:08 pm

        I think it’s already happening. Maybe I’m wrong…

      • unca_chuck said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:24 pm

        Where?

      • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:51 pm

        Google it, Chuck…

      • unca_chuck said, on February 20, 2020 at 7:38 am

        Nope.

  15. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    why wouldn’t this guy be in camp right off the bat? See what he is right now? Give him a taste of the big leagues? I don’t understand the coddling and protection these blue chip guys get

    • alleykat69 said, on February 19, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      This is what pisses me off most about the Giants.Most other organizations have guys like Ramos in they’ve camps and getting plenty of AB’s and maybe even start the season with them and be productive.The Giants have always been old school in they’re approach and wait till the prospect has 1,500 AB’s plus are turns 27 with gray in they’re beards, like our CF we had, forgot name but Loo had a nice Moses shot of him lol 😂

      • zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm

        It’s completely different people running the Giants now. I think you’ll see some differences on that.

  16. djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Why does everyone have to acquiesce to these new ways of thinking, speaking and conducting themselves?
    Fuck that. I’m grandfathering myself in under my own rules. I don’t need lectures about respect and manners. Ask anyone here who’s met me…

    • zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Well, you haven’t been using gay slurs on the blog lately, so I think that’s very cool.

    • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Let it fly Loo, I’ve braced myself. Just note that there are half a dozen banned words, maybe more, so if you don’t see your post it’s probably been flagged and dragged away like TF did with Room B (still lqtm about that time)

      • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:54 pm

        I think you missed the point…

  17. zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Kuiper’s take on Huff:

    “There probably wouldn’t be a reunion if he wasn’t on the team, I mean that’s how important he was to that 2010 team,” Kuiper began. “But, you have to accept the consequences for what you say. Remember this is not political. There is not one political thing about this at all.”

    Kuiper especially takes issue with Huff’s comments about Giants coach Alyssa Nakken, and that women shouldn’t be allowed on MLB coaching staffs.

    “I can’t accept any of the stuff he said about women. My only thought was maybe if he had a daughter, maybe he would’ve thought about these things a little differently. Because if you have a daughter, it changes your world to how you look at it.

    “I feel bad for him, and I feel bad for his teammates…When that reunion happens on that day, they’re all going to get asked about Huff. They are, and that’s going to soil that reunion, because that’s supposed to be a great, great occasion.”

    KNBR host Brian Murphy played devil’s advocate with Kuiper, asking why the Giants don’t take a more libertarian approach and allow Huff to come without endorsing his comments.

    “You want him in the dugout with Alyssa Nakken?” Kuiper retorted. “Look you can play that role, I’m not buying it.

    “He’s not going to be there, and that’s the end of it.”

    • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:18 pm

      Screw Alyssa Nakken. She’s more important than what Huff did in 2010? This is a TEAM reunion celebration. This has nothing to do with Nakken. Huff would be expected to do what he did at the Bochy Tribute—blend in with the rest of his teammates–which he did without incident I might add.

    • unca_chuck said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      This has nothing to do with Nakken. Don’t know why Kuip even brought her up. It’s not like the old timers are gonna take BP or anything. She ain’t even gonna be in the dugout for games.

  18. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Alyssa Nakken is a big girl, she can handle herself I’m sure or she wouldn’t have taken the job–a job I hope she knows will be controversial with a lot of the players she’ll be coaching. Now, is Huff even working with Nakken? No. I hope she doesn’t give two shits about what Huff thinks of her in the clubhouse. If she does, she’s in big trouble.

    • zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      Why do you suppose Huff tweeted what he did about her? What drove him to think: “I must tell the world why this is a bad idea!” Why should he care? Talk about triggered.

      • zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:42 pm

        But, of course, the liberals are the snowflakes who are easily triggered, according to the Huffs of the world.

  19. zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    I guess because Huff couldn’t see himself taking any baseball coaching from a woman, he figured nobody else could either. Maybe a woman on the coaching staff in ’11 and ’12 could have helped him with his mental health issues. A different perspective from a woman could have been of assistance. Huff has no idea how a woman would do as a baseball coach in MLB because it’s never been done before. He doesn’t know. He spoke out of ignorance. Time will tell how it works out.

    • unca_chuck said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      Speaking of Trump, anyone wonder why Eddie D was pardoned? Ohio is a swing state. Where’s Eddie D from?

  20. zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Not exactly a stampede of players and ex-players rushing to stand up for Huff. I think I hear crickets in the distance.

    • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      Well we’ll see who has any guts or loyalty.
      Still early…

  21. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t know why any of you give a shit about Huff’s stance on women coaches or anything he thinks at all. Who fucking cares? He’s a part of the greatest time in SF Giants baseball. That’s all I care about as it relates to Aubrey Huff. I have always looked forward to a reunion like this and now it’s totally fucked up. For no real reason I might add. Unless you care about what Huff thinks about life and I can’t imagine why anyone would……

  22. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    I never forgot this post Twin wrote nearly 10 years ago. It is a good one to read again today….
    twinfan said, on November 2, 2010 at 8:53 am (Edit)
    I keep flashing to images of these young men as they return for the reunions… and those who won’t… like Juan’s uncle, Chris Brown, so many more… as I posted, these are men who will be heroes beyond the grave… this was a special group, we’ll not see it again. So much talk about misfits and cast offs and all so very true. Yes, they’re wealthy men, athletes whose lives have been blessed with a talent most of us can only dream of… but they’re loved because they made us forget that. Aaron Rowand would have *paid* 12 million to start last night… Barry Zito prepared like he was on the roster.. Aubrey Huff??!! His first bunt in his LIFE? And fucking PERFECT!!!?? Pat Burrell had as bad a series as a man can have and he was as happy as a man can be…
    and there is Edgar. What can be said? The biggest hit in the history of the San Francisco Giants.. and Edgar wil use that to bring children in his country to the game he’s loved. Every man last night said it and it is the ultimate compliment:
    Renteria is a professional baseball player… and man.

  23. Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    twinfan said, on November 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm (Edit)
    These men will be heroes in SF for as long as they live- and beyond…
    __________________

    eh, not really twinner. Not if they say dumb things later…..

    • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      Twin was right at that moment.
      He didn’t foresee the nonsense that would take over the world he knew…

  24. snarkk said, on February 19, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Drumpf is preparing the public for pardons of all his minions that have pled guilty or been found guilty by juries of federal crimes. And, the ultimate, him pardoning himself, which I believe is inevitable. I would not doubt he has all the pardon paperwork ready to go pardoning himself and his grifter family members. Maybe he even signs these pardons every day, a dally new one to cover himself against crimes on a roll forward basis, in case he happens to keel over from a stroke or whatever. His mendacity and corruption is limitless. He can’t pardon himself out of state criminal prosecutions, however…

    • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Bloomberg embarrassed himself tonight. Trump would eat him alive in a debate.

  25. willedav said, on February 19, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    I must have hexed Rutgers, who lost their first home game tonight to Juwan Howard and Michigan.
    Meanwhile Cal, who has yet to win outside of home this season, is blasting Wazzu up in Pullman by 14 end of first half.
    dookie’s get rolled too at NC St.

    According to what I read, Huff had been disinvited unanimously by vote of ownership prior to what he said about Nakken so you can leave her out of it.

    • Macdog said, on February 19, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      Yeah, RU shot 20-something percent in the 2nd half, that’s not going to beat anyone no matter where the game’s at. They also lost to Michigan at MSG a few weeks ago, so that doesn’t seem to be a good matchup for them. The Hall beat Butler by getting the game-winner off an inbound play behind the basket that started with 0.6 left.

      • willedav said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:05 pm

        oh saw the highlight, what a cool way to win a tough game.

  26. alleykat69 said, on February 19, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    The board should of unanimously voted against Larry Baer to be present as well..

    • Flavor said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      exactly. And what Baer did was 10X worse than Huff spouting off his stupid shit.

  27. willedav said, on February 19, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Pavs story says the Z figures Ramos will get into Cactus League games with big club and isn’t ruling out he’s with big Giants later this year.
    They have 12 OFs in camp and he didn’t do much vs. AA pitching last year 242 with 3 bombs in 95 ABs. Nothing wrong with letting him get comfortable in Sac til OF gets sorted out after ST. Scouting report I read off F/G says he is likely more suited to corner OF spot, where there will be lot of competition.

  28. willedav said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Cal holds them off 66-57 for first road win all season. Paris Austin, senior G out of Bishop O’Dowd hit all 12 FTs he shot. Next up for them is UW, only team in league Cal is currently ahead of.

    • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      My favorite College BB name was Paris Drain – played about 35 years ago…

  29. zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    TF would have had blistering things to say about Trump, and Trump’s desecration of the presidency.
    And it would have been interesting to see where TF stood on Huff’s situation. I don’t think that could be predicted.

  30. zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    In the long run the Giants will be glad they disinvited Huff, because they won’t have to worry about any of his hate-tweeting and bigotry in the next 6 months. Huff can hate-tweet away to his heart’s content.

    • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      It must be great to know everything and always be right…

      • zumiee said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:49 pm

        Well, I wish.
        There’s a few things I know real well, and a bunch of stuff I don’t. My wheelhouse is history. I’ve read a ton of it. It’s interesting. The past has things to tell us.

      • djloo27 said, on February 19, 2020 at 9:57 pm

        Well no hard feelings here, Zum.
        You’re a good dude, I just think a lot of this political stuff has no place here,
        but that’s not my call…

  31. alleykat69 said, on February 19, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Politicians and diapers have one thing in common: they should be changed regularly for the same reason..

    • snarkk said, on February 19, 2020 at 10:33 pm

      Nice…

  32. snarkk said, on February 19, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    I hope they play Ramos and give him a decent number of ABs in major league games in Phoenix. Let’s see what these highly touted guys can do. Other teams have 20 and 21 year olds doing well at the MLB level. Let him taste the top level competition and go from there…


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