The MLBPA has issued its annual report on players’ salaries. Highlights:
The average salary in Major League Baseball this season was $2.93 million, the players’ association said Thursday in its annual report. The 3.6 percent increase was the smallest since 2004, when the average declined 2.5 percent from the previous season.
Don’t you hate it when things are phrased that way? “The smallest since . . .” and then the year range is, like, two years?
The average salary had been $3.15 million on opening day, according to the commissioner’s office, but the figure always declines during the season as higher-paid veterans are released and replaced by lower-paid young players.
That’s something I never think about. There are always 500 stories in the papers about average salaries in April, but none at the end of the season, so we’re usually being misled.
The New York Yankees topped the major leagues in average salary for the 10th consecutive season despite a disappointing year in which their streak of postseason appearances ended at 13. The Yankees’ average of $6.86 million was down from a record $7.47 million last year.
That’s some pretty sharp editorialzing for an otherwise straightforward news report. Must have been written by a Rays’ fan.
The Chicago Cubs were second at $4.68 million, followed by the Los Angeles Angels ($4.56 million), the Chicago White Sox ($4.5 million), the Los Angeles Dodgers ($4.37 million), Boston ($4.2 million) and Detroit ($4.15 million).
Which of these teams is not like the others in terms of bang for-its-buck?
The commissioner’s office will not determine its final figure for several weeks. Major League Baseball’s numbers usually differ slightly than those of the players’ association because of different methods of calculation.
This is not technically true. Yes, the Commissioner’s Office comes up with different numbers, but it’s not because of methodology. It’s because Bud Selig goes in and writes the suffix “-gajillion” at the end of every figure. And just because it’s in crayon doesn’t mean it’s any less official. He’s the Commissioner.