Twins In For Four
Friday, June 6, 2008
OC, SS; AJ, C; Q, LF; PK, 1B; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; Swish, CF; Crede, 3B; Ramirez, 2B. Vazquez pitching.
Odds and Ends
I was out yesterday at Ron Kittle’s Indiana Sports Charities golf outing at Briar Ridge Golf Course in Scherville, Ind. After a hot, humid afternoon of not golfing particularly well, I had to race back to the ballpark just in time for the first pitch.
Our scouting department is thrilled with our draft. If you caught ESPN or ESPN2 today, you had a chance to see our first pick, SS Gordon Beckham of Georgia and sixth round pick Kenny Williams Jr. of Wichita State. Both will play again tomorrow.
Early today, we selected John Danks’ brother, Jordan, an OF from Texas. Projected to go as high as a sandwich pick, Danks was still available in the seventh round.
Draft day is always fun in that it gives you a sense of re-birth and renewal. Yesterday and today were no different.
Fans, the public and members of the media often grouse about salaries paid to professional athletes. Often, baseball players seem especially called out as targets.
A recent list of the top 50 highest-paid American athletes, in terms of total compensation (salary plus endprsements), shows just nine are baseball players, the top ARod at 35M.
Jeter is 10th (30M), Manny is 20th (22.5M), followed by Giambi (23rd, 21.5), Torii Hunter (28th, 19), Pujols (T41st, 16.5), Delgado (T41st), Pettitte (T41st) and then Jason Schmidt (46th, 16.25).
I guess sometimes it is good to be a Yankee (and this kinda puts the Torii Hunter deal into some kind of perspective).
Ranking No. 1 … Tiger at $127,902,706, more than twice ahead of Phil Mickelson, who ranks second at just over 62M.