Yanks top in total GLOBAL team pay

You’ll need a handy currency conversion tool, but you’ll get the point just with this:

The New York Yankees are the best-paid team in global sport measured by average first-team wages, ahead of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and basketball’s Dallas Mavericks, according to the inaugural Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries (ARGSS), to be published this week by sportingintelligence.

The average first-team pay at the Yankees was £89,897 per player per week in 2009, or £4.7m per player last year, when the Yankees won the World Series – the biggest prize in baseball. Real Madrid’s stars earned £4.2m per year each in the period reviewed for Spanish football. The corresponding figures were £4.1m at Barca, £3.59m at Chelsea and £3.56m at the Mavericks.

Like the anti-Yankees fans needed any more ammo…. Not even the crazy Premier League soccer/football teams can catch the Yanks! Continue reading Yanks top in total GLOBAL team pay

Less than a week to go, taking inventory

As every Yankeeist reader will certainly know, the Yankees start their 2010 title defense on Sunday, April 4th versus the Boston Red Sox. With less than a week of Spring Training to go, now seems like a good time to take a look at how the bombers have fared. For the record, Spring Training stats are useless, which I’ve said previously, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with them. What follows is the projected opening day lineup and the batter’s slash stats. Derek Jeter – .237/.275/.263: So, this spring hasn’t exactly been the Captain’s best work. Then Continue reading Less than a week to go, taking inventory

Sherman: I loves me some backhanded compliments

I hold the professional writers in high esteem, even those who irk me a-plenty. Coming up with storylines under deadline, every day, has got to be an immensely challenging task. Layer onto this the “ARod quotient” and you’ve got year-round potential to mock, tweak, annoy, vex…

Now, I will readily admit that I’m not ARod’s #1 fan. I love what he did for the 2009 Yankees, but there’s a part of me that still needs to be won over. That said, if I start to sound like Joel Sherman, please let me know, because this sort of thing is just terrible, especially on the eve of the new season:

Off-field drama won’t distract 2010’s A-Rod

After these few sentences, we are going to attempt the daredevil journalistic stunt of writing an entire column in 2010 about Alex Rodriguez without mentioning steroids, HGH or Anthony Galea.

You wildman, Joel.

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A final introduction and welcome

Over this weekend, I’ve had the immense pleasure to introduce Larry and TheCommonMan to the IIATMS starting roster. Today is the final cut as we get ready for 2010. Today I get to introduce one of my oldest blogging buddies, Mark Smith. Mark and I were among the early readers of Craig Calcaterra, back when Craig was, like me, a working stiff who liked to write about baseball, not the high profile full-time blogger you can read over at HBT/NBC. Mark had stepped away from writing for a bit of time but recently re-emerged with a new site and new mission. And he was good enough to accept my invite to spend a little time here.

Now, as you saw with TCM, Mark isn’t a Yankee fan. In fact, as you’ll see, he’s clearly not a fan. But like TCM, Mark loves the game and brings an excellent analytical eye and he’s going to lend his skills to us. Mark’s inclusion is another example of our attempt to bring you more than just another homer-rific Yankees blog.

His intro:

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I don’t know how this is going to work out. When I think of my feelings toward professional baseball teams, there’s love (Braves), respect (Red Sox), excitement (Orioles), ambivalence (Padres), and schadenfreude (Cubs, Mets). The only team that I can say I hate is the Yankees.

Then again, it’s not really hatred in the traditional sense of hate. I don’t mind that the Yankees have more money than everyone else, and honestly, I kind of wish the Braves were in a similar situation (Oh, where have you gone Ted Turner?). It began back in 1996 during the World Series that the Yankees stole, and it cemented in 1999. But over the past decade, I’ve largely let go of those feelings. The hate I feel is the hate you feel toward the guy who asks a stupid question about something explained five seconds ago, the guy whose dog craps in your yard and doesn’t pick it up, and whoever thought Spiderman 3 was a good idea. I guess general disgust is a better description.

Regardless, I won’t hold your Yankee loyalty against you. I’ve long since learned that holding a grudge doesn’t lead to anything good for the grudger (?), and I realize that there are plenty of good reasons (27, I believe now, right?) to be a Yankee fan. Sometimes, I even admire you for being Yankees fans given how much grief you all usually get.

Back to whatever point this is supposed to have. What am I doing here? I’m not really sure, but Jason thought it was a good idea. I’ve read Jason for a long time, and if he thinks it’s a good idea, then I’m on board and honored for the opportunity. Currently, I have my own site called The Sabermetric Emotionalist, and I’ll chime in over here once or twice a week to talk about sabermetrics, advanced statistics, and maybe a little history. Will@IIATMS will (sorry about that; people always think it’s funny to have a bit of fun with my name as well, but I couldn’t think of a better sentence structure) still ably handle the actual numbers and graphs, and I’ll take a more social science approach to the sabermetric-traditionalist debate. Following the purpose of my blog, I’m hoping that I’ll make you think, make you see issues from a different and/or multiple perspectives, and even get your goat every once in a while (I’m mischievous like that). I guess I’ll end there, but I look forward to getting to know you and seeing if my hatred is justified or not.

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With that, our 2010 rotation is now set. Roles and responsibilities generally break down this way:

  • Will: Our stats guru; all things stats, data, analytics
  • Tamar: Daily recaps, minor league coverage
  • Larry: Financial, legal coverage, particularly around the CBA and all revenue/lux tax discussion
  • TCM: Long-form MLB-wide issues and discussion
  • Mark: Flaming the “sabermetric-traditionalist debate”
  • Jason: Anything and everything

The only one on that roster above who will be trying to post on a daily basis is myself. The rest of these talented people will be posting as their schedules and opportunities allow. I believe this gives us ample coverage to weigh in on all issues. I hope you agree. (If not, please call us out on it.) We’ll find out soon enough as we’re T-6 days and counting until Opening Day.

Play ball!
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Another introduction and welcome

One of the coolest things about being part of the ever-growing blogosphere is getting to know some truly cool and unique people, people you otherwise would have never met. While we’ve never met face-to-face, I’ve “known” Mike Bates, aka TheCommonMan, for quite some time now. I am not sure if I came to know TCM or his buddy Bill from The Daily Something first, but as they have each grown in stature, it’s been fun to watch. TheCommonMan hails from Madison, Wisconsin, automatically putting him in our good graces.

Needless to say, I’m more than thrilled to welcome TheCommonMan to the roster here at IIATMS.

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I should feel a little nervous. After all, here I am a small town boy walking in amongst all you towering New York Yankee fans. It should be a little intimidating, especially since so many Yankee fans (present company excluded, of course) forget that real, live, big-league baseball is played outside of the Bronx, Queens, and Boston.

But that’s part of the reason I’m here, I guess. Jason asked me if I’d be interested in joining this merry band of scribes and cranks, thinking I would lend some balance as an outsider and perspective on, as Jason put it, “league-wide issues.” What does that mean exactly? Well, hell if I know, but I imagine that we’ll find out together. Whatever it means, it’s clear that I’m needed in this den of Yankeedom, and I’m not afraid of you. I’ll either win you over like Reggie or flame out like Ed Whitson. Either way, isn’t that worth the non-existent price of admission to watch once or twice a week? Even a train wreck has entertainment value, as long as you aren’t on the train.

A couple notes about me. Unlike my new colleague Larry, I am an expert. About everything. And I’m always right, clear thinking, and level headed. Needless to say, my opinions are in no way those of Jason, It’s About the Money Stupid, or the International House of Radio. I also tend to be long-winded, so when I show up, I don’t want to see anybody sneaking out the back before church is ended. I promise to keep the tangents to a minimum and to not waste your time.

I work primarily out of my own site, where I write on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays as The Common Man, and while I’ll use that moniker here, I will drop my normal practice of referring to myself in the 3rd person. It’s impolite, after all, to talk about yourself in the 3rd person on someone else’s site if you’re not Rickey Henderson. And we Midwesterners are nothing if not polite. I also blog on Wednesdays at my friend Bill’s site, The Daily Something. And for those of you who grow to love me, you can follow me on Twitter.

In an uncharacteristic moment of sincerity, I would like to thank Jason for the invitation to join It’s About the Money Stupid, which is a terrific site with smart writers and readers. I look forward to adding to the dialogue.

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I’ve told TCM that he’s more than welcome to keep his voice in 3rd person since that’s his style, his calling card. TCM will be posting every so often, without a set schedule. Any contributions TCM can make will be welcome. And if it’s anything like this one from this past Tuesday, we’re in for a treat!

So raise you glasses and welcome TheCommonMan! Continue reading Another introduction and welcome

Discussion: Possible Starters In 2011

Although it seems like the Joba debate will continue to roil forever (see the comments on Steve’s post), let’s move forward assuming that Joba is staying in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. If that holds true, then the Yankees will only have 3 starting pitchers under contract for 2011, with CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Phil Hughes forming a solid trio that the Yankees are sure to supplement with free agent signings. How might the Yankees fill those holes? Obviously, Andy Pettitte can renege on his stated desire to retire after this season. Furthermore, Javier Vazquez has mentioned a Continue reading Discussion: Possible Starters In 2011

An introduction and a welcome

A few weeks ago, I ran a guest posting from a loyal reader and well-thought-out commenter on all things money-related, Larry. I’ve since asked Larry to join IIATMS as a (somewhat) regular contributor, lending his professional experiences to the site. Larry’s intro to the IIATMS faithful is below:

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It’s All About The Money (Hopefully Getting Smarter)

An introduction: Jason has asked me to post here on economic and financial issues. I’m an attorney with experience in banking, finance and entertainment, but not sports. I’ll give this my best shot. I also know a bit about doping in sports, and while Jason hasn’t asked me, I’ll also post on doping issues.

It’s my goal to make the IIATMS readership the most educated in baseball when it comes to understanding baseball economics. Why should you care about baseball economics? Because you’re Yankees fans, that’s why. If you’re like me, you get sick of hearing how the Yankees “buy” world championships. We’ll discuss here what the Yankees can and cannot buy.

For example: It is not accurate to say that the Yankees “bought” the 2009 world championship (I’ll explain WHY in later posts). But it IS accurate to say revenue sharing forced the Yankees to “buy” a piece of the Florida Marlins, and to give this piece away to Jeffrey Loria. If I were a Florida Marlins fan, I’d worry less about what the Yankees are buying, and I’d focus instead on why I pay more for a seat on the first base line than my team’s owner paid for the entire team. (Marlins fans can read here how Jeffrey Loria got his team for free.)

Of course, I won’t limit my focus to teams like the Marlins. I’m more interested in the Yankees. So I plan an article looking at the $1.3 billion in debt incurred by the Yankees to construct the new Yankee stadium – and how this debt effectively reduces the Yankees’ contribution to revenue sharing.

My hope is that you’ll come to IIATMS for its coverage of on-the-field events – after all, that’s what brought me here – but that you’ll also participate in our discussions of events off-the-field. I hope you’ll post questions, and that you’ll point out when I go astray or get my facts confused. As I said, I’m no expert.

Let’s learn together.

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Please welcome Larry, friends. I think Larry’s voice, experience and insight will prove to be a perfect fit with our existing team. I hope you agree!

We’ll hopefully have another introduction or two to make as we deepen the roster as we creep closer to the beginning to the season! Continue reading An introduction and a welcome

Rate My Fantasy Baseball Team

I just finished a marathon 4-hour live draft. Half of our league were on our computers, the other half at Pour House in the city. Its a pretty competitive 12 player, head-to-head, 5×5 league. We’ve been doing this for five years now, and I generally get hammered due to being away from my computer for 2 months every summer. Still, I’ve had some bad drafts recently after taking up a fairly risky young player-heavy strategy. Here is the team I just drafted: C: Matt Wieters 1b: Joey Votto 2b: Brian Roberts SS: Jose Reyes 3b: Ryan Zimmerman OF: Matt Kemp Continue reading Rate My Fantasy Baseball Team