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Andruw Jones

Given Andruw Jones has filed for free agency, and the Rangers have said he’s not coming back, I can officially categorize this news story as “Former Rangers News”. Anyway, I decided to check into his money situation, given he had a quite strange salary situation in 2009. As you might recall..
His total base salary in 2009 was $15 million dollars. $500,000 of that was paid by the Rangers, so he made out like quite the bandit from the McCourt’s out in LA. That’s just the base. Here’s a summary of his incentives with the Rangers in 2009.

  • $75,000 – 340 plate appearances (nope, 281)
  • $75,000 – 380 plate appearances (nope, 281)
  • $125,000 – 420 plate appearances (nope, 281)
  • $125,000 – 460 plate appearances (nope, 281)
  • $125,000 – 500 plate appearances (nope, 281)
  • $125,000 – 540 plate appearances (nope, 281)
  • $175,000 – 580 plate appearances (nope, 281)
  • $175,000 – 620 plate appearances (nope, 281)
  • $200,000 – Comeback Player of the Year (nope – well, not yet, but I doubt it)
  • $100,000 – MVP (not yet announced, but come on – this is a no)
  • $50,000 – All Star Selection (nope)
  • $50,000 – World Series MVP (nope, Hideki Matsui)
  • $25,000 – Gold Glove (not announced, but come on – this is a no)
  • $25,000 – Silver Slugger (not announced, but come on – this is a no)
  • $25,000 – LCS MVP (nope – CC Sabathia)

To sum up, he reached NONE of his incentives, which would have brought his Rangers salary to $1.975 Million. The total outpay from the Rangers was just $500,000, though. That’s not a salary problem there.
The fun part of this is that he still is owed money from the Dodgers from what I can tell. $5 million of his original signing bonus is due in 2010. Bet they’ll still love paying for that.

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Rudy’s a Cub

Saw on ESPN tonight that the Cubs are going to announce in the morning that they’ve hired Rudy Jaramillo to be their hitting coach.
Story here. Bet you a lot is made about how Rudy is the way out of the Milton Bradley situation.

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Orel Hershiser Cares!

… or at least he did. ;)
I ran across this video a few months ago, and never put it online. As I’m trying to clear up a lot of “deal with these later” bookmarks in my browser, here goes.. In 1991, a charity song called “Voices that Care” was written “to help boost the morale of U.S. troops involved in Operation Desert Storm, as well as supporting the International Red Cross organization.”
It had a gaggle of musicians, and entertainers, not all of which seemed to go together. Randy Travis, Celine Dion, Garth Brooks, Little Richard, The Pointer Sisters, Kenny G, and Jani Lane from Warrant. There’s also others in the “choir” equally as disconnected. Sheena Easton, Sally Field, Don King, Jon Lovitz, Fred Savage, Alyssa Milano, Chevy Chase, and yeah – former Rangers pitching coach Orel Hershiser.
In an article I read about this thing, Orel had this to say regarding the video:

“It’s like someone picking your nose — you don’t want to watch it,” Hershiser said. “I see the first frame and I turn away. That might be the most embarrassing thing ever. It’s right up there with ‘The Super Bowl Shuffle.'”

He’s right, it’s pretty atrocious. I know it had good intent, but yeesh – do thes people think sap songs like that will LIVEN people’s spirits? They’re likely go go “Eargh – TURN IT OFF!” Here, look for yourself (Orel appears at 4:10)…