Yoda wrote: Steve-o wrote:
Yoda wrote:Compared to who? I'm willing to bet that MLB coaches are in the 99% in terms of household income.
I'll take that bet. The top 1.5% is 250K+. Check here
. While Francona makes 4M/yr, Joe Schmoe assistant pitching coach probably makes closer to 100K. Plus, the Athletics are notoriously cheap with their coaches. I bet more than half fall outside the top 1.5% (Cot's only has the manager for Oak, and he makes 500K).
OK let's pretend that all coaches make $100k a year. Are you saying that they deserve a 40% bonus to go overseas for a week?
Pretend? It's right there in the article.
They were told they were going to be (paid). For a coach, in some cases, this is two-fifths of their salary for the year.
And at least one guy is making less.
bullpen catcher Manny Martinez, who would be considered part of the coaching staff on this Japan trip, earns just $30,000 per year
And it's not a question of what they, "deserve" but what they were promised.
“As of 9:04 it does,” said a visibly upset Francona when asked if the goings-on had cast a pall on the day. “We’re spending energy on something we don’t want to spend it on. I don’t understand it. I was embarrassed this morning. I had to tell them, ‘Hey, that money you may have already spent, go get it back.’
MLB made a promise; the coaches relied upon it; MLB is renegging. At least, that's the story as we know it until there's more info.
As I said before, I think the Sox are handling the right thing in the wrong way. If they're that concerned, they should front the money to the coaches and then chase MLB to get reimbursed. But it's wrong to dismiss this as not a big deal because these are some fat cats who don't care about forty grand. I'd be pretty ticked if I was promised a $40,000 bonus months ago and then told, "You know what; that's not coming."
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.