Spring training 2016 is coming upon us and one month from today, the first teams begin reporting for pitcher and catcher workouts in Florida and Arizona. As fun and relaxing spring training is for the many fans who make the journey to warm climates for spring ball, another tradition is the many games that are played between MLB teams at unique venues that do not normally host MLB games. Teams face one another in larger minor league ballparks, in international settings such as Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and in large multipurpose stadiums that could be temporary baseball venues for a city trying to show itself as a candidate for a potential MLB expansion or franchise relocation.
Typically, the final weekend of the exhibition season features about a 50-50 split of games played in traditional spring training venues and games played at sites outside Florida and Arizona. I propose a one-time unique form of baseball outreach for 2017, where all teams play outside Florida and Arizona on the final Friday and Saturday of spring training. March 31-April 1 of 2017 assuming the scheduling model remains as is would be those dates. NO games are played April 2 and it is likely six teams will have a regular season opener that Sunday if MLB finds that the 2016 triple header is a big success. So here is my proposal.
First, the traditional games, Dodgers v Angels, Giants V Athletics which have been made a bit less meaningful with interleague play, would still be scheduled as Wednesday and Thursday exhibitions, one at each ballpark.
The following matchups would all take place Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1, 2017. The Padres top two minor league clubs are in El Paso and San Antonio, while the Dodgers used to be a long time San Antonio affiliate. So the dodgers and Padres would face one another, Friday in San Antonio at the Alamodome, Saturday at El Paso. The Rangers and Astros would also face one another going in the opposite direction, Friday at El Paso and Saturday in the San Antonio Alamodome, as they did in 2014. Houston also played an El Paso exhibition against the Brewers in 1997.
The marlins and Rays would play a pair of games at the 55,000 seat stadium in Havana, Cuba, while another international matchup would take place in Montreal as the Blue jays play another pair of games, this time the opposition would be the New York Yankees. Keeping with the international theme of the moment, the Diamondbacks would face the Angels for two games at Monterey, Mexico. Other matchups, the Giants would face the Mariners for a pair of games in Sacramento, while the Rockies and Athletics play at Salt Lake City. The Nationals and Orioles would meet in Norfolk, the Pirates and Phillies at Redding, Pennsylvania and the Cardinals would meet the Royals in Springfield, Missouri. Indianapolis would get two games between the White Sox and Cubs, The Reds and Indians would play in Louisville, while the Braves would face the Twins in Charlotte. The new ballpark in Hartford, Connecticut though not affiliated with either of these teams would play host to a matchup between the Red sox and Mets, and Toledo Ohio would be host to the matchup between the Brewers and Tigers.
A while back I wrote about how other sports leagues after mergers had to decide which rules to play under. The ABA/NBA merger in 1976 took away the 3 point shot from the four ABA teams that had used it in their former league. It would be just three seasons until the NBA adopted the rule for the 1979-80 season. Similarly, the AFL teams once legally merged into the NFL in 1970 had to take away 2 point conversions after touchdowns out of the playbook, until the NFL brought the play back for the 1994 season.
Now, let’s look at how other sports teams are structured and use that as a way to debunk the argument that it is better to have a less skilled pitcher as a batsman rather than a skilled hitter at the dish. IN early football it was more common for players to take the field both on offense and defense. Today in some very small high schools with limited roster sizes, you may still see a few players take the field on both sides of the ball, but a majority of players are going to play only with the offensive or defensive unit. Could you imagine asking Aaron Rodgers or tom Brady to play defense just because that was how old school football was played? How about asking star defensive cornerbacks to come in and play quarterback. Sure this happens on rare occasions with players moving off a natural position in football, where a receiver or running back plays QB in a wild cat formation, but that is about as common as a pitcher coming in to pinch run for a slow base runner who would then be replaced by the appropriate defensive player when the team went back into the field next half inning.
IN hockey and soccer, the goal tender is never used as an offensive player and all that is contributed from that position is the start of a break out the other direction via a long outlet pass to a skilled position player. In basketball, the point guard would never be expected to be a leading rebounder and the center would never be expected to lead the team in assists. So why then do baseball purists insist that watching a pitcher swing the bat is somehow enjoyable baseball?
I used to be among those who believed that the DH took away a degree of strategy from the game, that it was too easy to just leave the starting pitcher in the game since he would not take a turn at bat. But I now view this differently, because having the pitcher bat could be an easy excuse to use as a deciding factor on when to pull your ace while down a run in the 6th inning or later for a better hitter. In the DH world, you truly have to evaluate when your guy has begun to tire or be figured out by the opposition as he goes through the lineup for the third or fourth time and decide when you then put in that relief specialist. Managers today often go to the bullpen to maximize a winning opportunity based on hitter and pitcher matchups, so why not allow the manager to place a 9th skilled hitter into the lineup against a difficult opponent?
As I have noted before, most modern pitchers do not learn to hit if they have always been a career pitcher since high school. Even those who played a position and converted later when in college or the minor leagues often did so because they were viewed as more capable on the mound than in the batter’s box. IN the minor leagues below double A, pitchers never bat and in double and triple A, pitchers only bat if the game is contested by a pair of NL affiliates. Even when an NL affiliate is at home against an AL affiliate, the DH is still used, thus these pitchers have very limited batting experience as professionals. It would be like asking the quarterback to suddenly double as a kicker or defensive safety with very limited training or experience. In other words, given the practices of professional baseball today, such expectations on pitchers being able to take what would even be considered a quality turn at bat in the majors can only be described as asinine.
If you ever here the reason for not making a change in your business practice that goes like this, “we have always done it this way because it is our tradition”, then you should already have your BS detector raised to the maximum. For centuries, women had no voting or property rights and this was even true for more than half of this nation’s history. Only in the last century have our modern democracies encouraged literacy for all citizens. Many arguments against changing things, interracial marriage, same sex marriage are all steeped in some form of religious and political tradition. Baseball has many rich traditions but how many famous plays, important games, hall of fame worthy moments are tied to a contribution with a pitcher at bat? Can you name one? I’m waiting. Sure it is cool when a pitcher comes up and jacks one out of the park, but how many of those hits decided a critical game, much less a post season game and I’m talking any type of a hit by a pitcher at bat, not just homers.
To underscore the point, during the history of the league championship series, only three pitchers have homered for the winning team at any point during the series and one of those was Mike Cuellar for the Orioles in 1970 before the AL brought the DH into existence. The other two, Don Gullett for the Reds in 1975 and Jeff Suppan for the Cardinals in 2006. How many world Series winners have had a pitcher go deep during any point of the series, not many. That list features only 8 names, Jim Bagby of the 1920 Indians, Jesse Haines with the 1926 Cardinals, Bucky Walters of the 1940 Reds, Bob Gibson with the 1967 Cardinals, Mickey Lolich with the 1968 Tigers, Dave McNally with the 1970 Orioles, Ken Holtzman of the 1974 Athletics and Joe Blanton with the 2008 Phillies. IN fact, no pitcher homered in any post season game from 1976 through 2005. The best baseball played is when the best pitchers face the best hitters with capable defensive players in the field, so why not have a universal DH?
Modern baseball is starting to evolve in a way that also would debunk the argument that says, the DH is not contributing to the team as a defensive player. Some teams now are using the DH as a way to rest another wise capable defensive player from time to time. So as more and more teams want to focus on having a versatile roster of players who have high defensive value, from time to time one of those players may need a day off from play in the field, but they would still be capable of swinging the bat for four or five turns during a particular game at DH. Finally, give me Edgar Martinez any day over Randy Johnson as a hitter, give me David Ortiz over Pedro Martinez and give me Jeff Bagwell in 2005 instead of any Astro pitcher during that World Series when the Astros were still an NL team. Oddly, had Houston been an AL team, Bagwell might have been able to continue as a hitter who would have been limited to DH only.
A universal DH brings about other potential implications for the good of the game. While this piece won’t be an extensive overview of potential realignment, another topic I have written about before, clearly having one unified Major League Baseball playing under unified rules makes for a more seamless transition from one division to another. When the Brewers went from the AL to the NL in 1998, they had a team that was built with a DH in mind and on the roster under contract, with only the 1997-98 offseason to adjust. When Houston needed to transition from NL to AL, the franchise had a year notice and could begin planning accordingly, even before the 2012-13 offseason arrived. Such a unified system would allow for more geographic realignment which would make it possible to create new divisions and organize franchises in ways that would in some ways remind fans of the reported but never considered radicle realignment detailed in media reports in August 1997.
IN closing, MLB needs to deal with this situation once and for all. You never saw the AFC playing under different rules from the NFC after the 1970 NFL merger. Baseball I have argued needs to settle on one common rule, DH or no DH for all teams. My vote clearly has evolved, as I now think given today’s game structure, the universal adoption of the DH is the only proper way to go. The only time we should ever see another pitcher at bat, is if the existing DH gets put into the field as a defensive player.
This week I read where MLB is going to consider changes to the Wild card system if the clubs ask for it. Part of this is born out of the fact that the three best teams in the NL are all from the central division and thus, two of them will play a single elimination game to then decide which of them faces the division winner from ironically the central, while the weaker western and eastern winners who are likely the Mets and Dodgers respectably will face off in the other National League Division Series. This will insure that either the fourth or fifth best team in the NL in terms of winning percentage advances to the National League Championship Series. But before you react to all the howling from Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, the Cardinals or whoever wins that division have the biggest gripe because they will face a stronger team no matter who emerges from the Wild card game, but let’s look back at the many other examples of teams being shut out all together because they had the bad fortune of being in a strong division and the lucky ducks who won it all despite being weaker from soft divisions.
I went back and looked at the league standings using Baseball Reference which has a page that organizes the win/loss records by all of MLB, not just the division. In 1969, the top four records belonged to the four division winners, Baltimore, the Mets, Minnesota and Atlanta. Three other teams won 90 or more games and missed the postseason, the Cubs, giants and Tigers. That season produced the highest percentage of 90 game winning teams in the division era, 7 of 24. IN those days, a division heavy schedule was played with no interleague, so no complaining could arise. IN 1970, the Yankees had a better record than the Pirates, but with no interleague play, it was a moot point since the Twins and Orioles were both better, the Pirates had the second best mark in the NL behind the Dodgers and Pittsburgh was the first sub-90 win division champion with an 89-73 mark. In ’71, the Tigers were like the Yankees in that they were better than the NL Giants, but they were not as good as the Athletics or orioles in the AL. The Cardinals interestingly had the same record of 90-72 as the Giants, but because the Cardinals wanted to be in the East, they finished in second. Of course we cannot assume the Cardinals would have been better in the West, but we can always say what if. The Dodgers remember were just a game behind San Francisco win the season ended. It was the 1972 White Sox who were the first team to really feel left out in the cold, they were better than the Tigers by a game, but Detroit won a weaker Eastern division while the Sox were left staring up at the developing dynasty in Oakland.
The 1973 NL season was the first that would make you ask what could have been done to make things better. The Dodgers won 95 games and were second to Cincinnati in the West, the Giants won 88 in third, yet the Mets won just 82 games to win the NL East. Going into a Monday of makeup games after the regular season ended for most teams, a situation was possibly going to occur where a three-way tie took place in the NL East between the Mets, Pirates and Cardinals, who all could have tied for first at 81-81. When the Cardinals played game 162 on Sunday September 30, they came in at 80-81 and a loss would have won the NL East for the Mets had New York split a doubleheader in Chicago. Pittsburgh had to win on Sunday to go to 80-81 and if the Mets split or were swept at Chicago, it met a makeup game on Monday for the Pirates and two for the Mets. As fate would have it, the Cardinals did win 3-1 over the Phillies in St. Louis, the Pirates beat Montreal 10-2 in Pittsburgh and yes, the Mets only split that doubleheader in Chicago, winning 9-2 in the first game but losing 1-0 in the second. On Monday, October 1, the Mets and Cubs would play two in Chicago and if the Mets lost game one, the second game would be played. If they won then they had the NL East crown and the second game would be called off since it would have no impact on the final standings. Pittsburgh played a home game and lost to San Diego finishing 80-82, and the Mets would win that first game in Chicago to take the division at just 82-79. Had the Pirates won and the Cubs had swept those Monday games, a three-way tie of 81-81 clubs would have taken place. Those Mets would go to the World Series, the Giants and Dodgers who had left new York behind 16 years earlier despite better records could only watch at home.
It happened again in 1974 with the Reds and Braves sitting at home, Cincinnati won 98 and the Braves 88, while NL East winner Pittsburgh won just 88 and faced the 100 win Dodgers in the NLCS. IN 1976 a pair of second place NL teams had better marks than AL West winner Kansas City, but no interleague play and thus no reason for gripes from Dodger and Pirate fans that year.
The 1977 season was an expansion year and so the divisions were top heavy, especially in the American League which was home to the new Toronto and Seattle franchises. The top four teams in MLB all made the playoffs, the Yankees, Royals and Phillies all won over 100, the Dodgers won 98, while the 97-64 Red Sox and Orioles, 96-66 Pirates, 94-68 Rangers and 90-72 White Sox all watched at home. The ’77 season holds the record for most 90-win teams that missed the playoffs in the division era, with 9 of the 26 teams at that time winning 90 or more and another eight teams losing 90 or more, the Indians, Padres, Brewers, Mets, Athletics, mariners, Braves and Blue Jays, Toronto and Atlanta both were over 100 losses. Only two teams, both in the NL had exactly .500 records, the 81-81 Cubs and Astros. Three teams would win between 82 and 89, four would lose between 82 and 89.
The 1978 season would see eight teams win 90 or more, in the AL we all know what happened with the Yankees and Red Sox in that division playoff at Fenway. But did you remember that the Orioles and Brewers both won over 90 and Baltimore had a better record than the Royals, another 90 plus winner out of the west. The NL saw better records for the Reds who finished behind the Dodgers in the west than the Phillies who took the east. The Giants just missed the 90 win club with 89 victories. The 1978 season was interesting in that no team won between 80 and 83 games and another eight would lose 90 or more, Seattle and Toronto both losing over 100.
In 1979, the AL Brewers, Red Sox and Yankees all won 90 or more, all were behind the Orioles in the eastern division and all were better than the 88-74 Angels out west. The NL Expos were better than Cincinnati who won the west, its final official flag until 1990, but in the east Montreal was behind Pittsburgh.
The 1980 season was remembered for three great races. The Yankees would edge the Orioles in the AL East and Baltimore would miss the postseason even though the team was 100-62, Kansas City won the west in a romp with a 97-65 mark. The NL featured great finishes with Philly edging Montreal by 1 in the NL East, Houston beat the Dodgers in a playoff for the western flag and Cincinnati was not far behind.
I mentioned official flags for the 1979 and 1990 Reds, they should have also won one in 1981. But that was the season of baseball’s first massive strike and thus the rushed choice by MLB to split the season, giving those teams in the lead when the strike hit June 12 an entry to post season, so everyone started fresh with a chance to win what became a race over a eight week period from August 10 to October 4. The Reds were the best team by far, they were 66-42, playing exactly two thirds of the normal 162 game schedule. The Reds were on pace to win 99 games if you project the record to a full season minus the strike, but the Reds were not the best team in either of the two halves, those titles instead went to the Dodgers and Astros, who were second and third in their division overall, and fourth and eighth overall in MLB for that season. The same thing happened to the NL East Cardinals, who had the third best record overall in MLB in ’81, but the split portions went to the Expos and Phillies, teams who were second and third in the NL East and who were seventh and ninth in MLB. IN the AL, the Athletics had the best mark in the AL West and second overall in MLB for the entire season, but with the split, it gave them a matchup with a Royals team that overall finished in fourth in the division and 17th in all of MLB with a combined 50-53 record. IN the AL East, Milwaukee had the best overall mark and the Brewers did win one of the split portions, the other went to the Yankees. The Bombers would go to the World Series that year, despite having a mark overall that was third in the AL East and tenth in MLB at 59-48 behind the Orioles who were second. In the AL in 1981, it would have been Athletics vs Brewers if the split had not taken place, Reds vs Cardinals in the NL and we would never have had the story of Montreal’s blue Monday.
In ’82, Milwaukee edged Baltimore by a game in the AL East, the Angels two games worse than Baltimore would win the west by three over KC. The Cardinals edged the Phillies by three in the NL East, Philadelphia had the same mark as the 89-73 Braves who took the western flag by a game over the Dodgers.
IN 1983, the AL would see a repeat of 1980, the White Sox romping this time in the West, while Baltimore got justice and took the east, the Tigers and Yankees would both win over 90 and stay home, though most teams in the AL East had winning marks that year. The Dodgers and Phillies had the best two records in the NL, as did the white Sox and Orioles in the AL.
In 1984, the Royals took the AL West winning just 84 games, the Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees and blue jays were all better back east, all were way behind the 104-58 Tigers. The Cubs and Padres had the best two records in the NL. A year later in 1985, the mashing of teeth would come from New York, the Mets were better than the Dodgers by three games but the 98-64 Mets were behind the Cardinals in the NL East, the Dodgers took the west easily outlasting Cincinnati by 5.5 games. Meantime, the Yankees at 97-64 finished 1.5 behind Toronto but easily had a better record than the royals at 91-71, the eventual World Series winners, just don’t remind Cardinal fans about it.
The ’86 season is remembered for one of the best postseason events of all time, even though the regular season was really not all that dramatic, the entire postseason field was locked up with a full week left on the baseball calendar, Boston locked up the AL East on September 28, the season did not end until October 5, while the Astros, Angels and Mets had clinched previously. It would be 1987 that again would bring us some odd divisional results in both leagues. IN the AL, Detroit won the eastern title at 98-64, Toronto 96-66, Milwaukee 91-71 and the Yankees 89-73 all were better than the 85-77 Twins who got in winning the west and that Minnesota team would go on to a championship, despite the ninth best overall record in MLB and the fifth best in the 14 team AL. Over in the NL, the Cardinals took the eastern flag at 95-67, while the 92-70 Mets and 91-71 Expos sat at home, the 90-72 Giants got in winning the west.
Ironically the twins would then be bumped out in 1988, they were 91-71 and better than the 89-73 Red Sox who won the east, but Oakland was great again winning 104 and leaving Minnesota in the dust, even though the Twins were six games better than the 1987 World Series titlist. It happened to two teams in the 1989 AL West, Oakland won 99 to take the flag, but Kansas City with 92 and the Angels 91 victories both were better than the 89 by Toronto in the east, while in 1990 the White Sox at 94-68 were better than the 88-74 Red Sox. Again Oakland ran away in the west in 1990 going 103-59 to face Boston in the ALCS.
The 1991 World Series is probably the best ever played and nothing cheap happened to allow the Twins and Braves to get there. Minnesota had the best record in the AL followed by Toronto, Atlanta was only bested by Pittsburgh overall in the NL. In 1992, the best four teams again went to the post season, the Brewers, Reds and Twins all won 90 or more that season and went home as second place teams.
The 1993 season though will be remembered as the one that produced the best team to not go to a post season game in the division era. The 1980 Orioles won 100, the 1981 Reds played at a 99 win pace, but no one will ever forget those 1993 San Francisco Giants, a team that was all but moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. The Giants raced out to a commanding lead, but ’93 was an expansion year and so the divisions had a top heavy feel, particularly in the western division of the NL which was home to the newly formed Rockies and the Padres which went through a fire sale. The Braves would win 104 and take the division on the final day of the season, the Giants had a chance to tie Atlanta but got blown out at Los Angeles and sat at home with a 103-59 mark. The Phillies would win the NL East with just 97 victories edging Montreal by three. The White Sox and Blue Jays were the best two teams in the AL that year. Interesting to note, MLB had already announce the new three division alignment for 1994 and the balanced schedule used in 1993 would continue that next season. Had the 1994 division alignment been used in 1993, the great race would have been in the NL East, where the Braves at 104-58 would have pulled away from the Phillies and Expos who were then seven and ten behind the Braves. The Giants would have won the NL West by 22 over the Dodgers and the Padres and Rockies would have both been eliminated before September 1. The interesting race would have been in the NL Central, that title would have gone to the 87-75 Cardinals who would have edged Houston by two games. The Phillies would have been the wild card and if we had a second wild card like we now have in 2015, a 94-68 Montreal team would have played those Phillies, the winner to get the 104-58 Braves while the 103-59 Giants would have taken on the 87-75 Cardinals. IN the AL, the white Sox would have won the new central division, Toronto the east, while the west would have gone to the 86-76 Rangers. The Yankees at 88-74 would have been the wild card and if we went to a second one, it would have resulted in an additional playoff to break a tie between Baltimore and Detroit. The wild card winner would have then faced Toronto while the White sox and Rangers did battle.
What happened in 1994 does not matter ultimately since the strike canceled the World Series, but imagine if the Rangers had kept playing at the pace they were, they were the best team in a division with a record of 10 games under .500 and the 21st out of 28 teams in terms of overall winning percentage. If that pace would have continued, much better teams like the White sox, Orioles, and royals would have faced a possible Wild card entry against a team that got in with a horrendous division record. We almost saw that play out remember in 1973 and it nearly happened again in 1997, 2005 and 2008.
IN 1995 and 1996, nothing unusual would take place. IN ’95, the Astros would have played the Rockies, something that almost happened if not for a Rockies win the final day of that season, the playoff for that wild card would have been in Denver. Also, the loser of that divisional playoff between the mariners and Angels would have then played the Yankees in another elimination game, while the winner would have faced Boston, Cleveland awaiting the wild card winner in 1995 using today’s rules. IN ’96 if a second wild card would have existed, the Expos would have won as many as the central division Cardinals and a possible three-way tie for the second slot would have taken place in the AL to end the season. The Mariners would have had to make up a game and if they had lost it, a three-way tie for that second Wild card would have been created with the White Sox and Red Sox.
In 1997, the Mets and Dodgers both were 88-74, both would have been tied for the second wild card berth if it had existed, both better than an 84-78 Astros team that took the central title. In ’98, the only thing of note is that Boston had a better record than the AL division champs in Texas and Cleveland. Texas would have been tied with 88 victories with Toronto, a Blue jays team that would have been the second wild card if it had existed and thus Boston and Toronto would have played in that game for the right to then face the 114-48 Yankees, while Texas played Cleveland under today’s rules.
The NL in that same season actually had a tie and a playoff between the cubs and Giants, the winner got the NL’s best team in Atlanta, while the Mets just missed joining that party, a win the final Sunday would have created a three-way tie that would have needed to be broken under either the 1998 or modern Wild card systems.
IN 1999, the top teams all made it to post season, and we had another tie break in the NL between Cincinnati and the Mets. IN the AL, the second Wild card if it existed would have gone to Oakland.
In 2000, the Yankees at just 87-74 took the east, Cleveland was 90-72 and missed the post season, if the second wild card existed, the Indians would have faced Seattle and then that winner would have taken on the White Sox, while New York and Oakland, the series that was actually played in 2000 would have opened the ALDS.
If not for the Wild card in 2001, Oakland at 102-60 would have missed the playoffs. This great team though instead of facing the Yankees to open the playoffs would have had to play the 85-77 Twins under today’s rules and then get the 116-46 mariners if they had advanced, while the Yankees would have faced Cleveland. IN the NL, St. Louis would have had a playoff with Houston to decide the central and then that loser would have hosted San Francisco under today’s rules. That winner would have played who ever won the central that year and Atlanta and Arizona would have met in the NLDS.
In 2002, 11 teams won 90 or more, a higher mark than the 9 in 1977, but a lower percentage as 9 of 26 is still more than 11 of 30. In 2002, The Yankees had the best AL record and they would have faced the winner of a playoff between the Angels and either the Mariners or Red Sox, a tie existed if we had a second wild card. Oakland would have played Minnesota which was actually the case that year. IN the NL, the Braves would have faced the winner of a Giants and dodgers wild card game, while the Diamondbacks played the Cardinals as was the case that year.
The 2003 season would have presented an interesting change. Under today’s rules, the Yankees would have faced the winner of a Boston and Seattle wild card game, both teams were better than the Minnesota team Oakland would have faced in the AL playoffs. IN the NL, the Braves would have played the winner of a marlins and Astros Wild card, while the Giants would have faced the Cubs.
In 2004, Boston would have hosted Oakland and Houston would have hosted the Giants if the modern Wild card playoffs existed. The AL winner would have played the Yankees in the ALDS while weaker teams in the Angels and Twins would have faced one another. IN the NL, the Houston and San Francisco winner would have gone to Atlanta which was the case for the ’04 Astros, while the Dodgers went to St. Louis.
The 2005 season presented another weak division winner. The 82-80 Padres won the NL West that year. The Phillies 88 and the Marlins and Mets both at 83 wins were better than San Diego. Had a second wild card been around, the Phillies and Astros would have played to see who took on the Cardinals who won over 100 games, while the Braves at just 90-72 would have faced that San Diego team. IN the AL, the Red Sox and Yankees would have played off the AL East and the loser would have hosted Cleveland in the Wild card game. That winner would have then played the White Sox, while whoever won the East would have matched up with the Angels.
IN 2006, the Yankees at 97-65 and Mets with the same record had the best marks in all MLB. The Yankees faced the 95-67 Tigers that post season and lost. Under today’s rule, the Yankees would have played Detroit or the White Sox, Chicago would have been the second Wild card if it was around and that sox team was 90-72. The Twins and Athletics who won 96 and 93 respectably would be the other matchup in either playoff format. IN the NL, the Mets were clearly the best team and they would have played the winner of a Phillies vs either padres or Dodgers wild card. Los Angeles and San Diego tied at 88-74 to win the West. The western division winner would have played a an even weaker Cardinals team at just 83-78 from the NL Central, the team that ultimately won the 2006 World Series.
The 2007 season in the NL was one of the great finishes. With three days left, a possible five-way tie existed for the NL East, West and wild card positions between the Mets, Phillies, Rockies, Padres and Diamondbacks. When all was said and done, the Diamondbacks got the weakest team in post season, the 85-77 Cubs. Under today’s rule, Arizona would have played the winner of that great game between the Rockies and Padres, while the Cubs would have faced Philadelphia. IN the AL, the Yankees would have hosted Seattle to settle a Wild card, then the winner would have played Boston, while Cleveland would face the Angels. The Indians and Red sox both had 96-66 records, best in the AL, but Boston won the season series 5-2 and thus claimed the top spot.
The 2008 post season was memorable for many reasons. If we had a second Wild card, it would have produced another memory, because Boston would have hosted the Yankees. The winner of that would have then opened at the Angels, while the Rays would have awaited the winner between the Twins and white Sox as was actually the case in 2008 when those two had a playoff for the central division. IN the NL, the Mets would have lived one more day and played at Milwaukee in a Wild card game, the winner of that would have then played at the Cubs, while the Phillies would have played a weak 84-78 Dodger team from the west, a team that was not as good as the Astros at 86-75, Cardinals 86-76 or marlins 84-77.
IN 2009, the Yankees had the best record in the AL, they would have been rewarded by playing Boston under today’s rules, Boston won 95 and was much stronger than the Twins and Tigers who had to go to a playoff game to decide the Central. Boston would have first had to win a wild card game against the 87-75 Rangers who would have taken the second spot a game ahead of the Tigers and Twins, who thus had to play the second consecutive one-game playoff to decide the central division winner. The Angels would have had the fortune of facing Minnesota under that system. IN the NL, the 92 win Rockies would have played the 88 win Giants in the Wild card, the winner to then get the 95 win Dodgers from the same division that season, while the Phillies with 93 wins would have faced a 91 win Cardinals team.
IN 2010, the AL East would have produced what we have this season in the NL Central. Tampa with 96 victories took the division, the Yankees with 95 would have faced Boston with 89 in the Wild card, yes Theo, your Red Sox would have benefited from the new rules two years in a row, more about 2011 in a minute. The Twins who won 94 and the Rangers with 90 would have played in the other series. Over in the NL, the top teams all were the division winners, the Phillies at 97, Giants 92 and Reds 91. The Wild card would have featured the 91 win Braves hosting the 90 win Padres, the winner going to Philadelphia while the Reds opened against the Giants.
Then there is 2011, which for all purposes had its own version of one game playoffs the final day of the season. We all remember the epic fall suffered by the Red Sox and Braves, which allowed the Cardinals and Rays to get into the post season and lead to a Cardinal championship. Now under today’s rules that great finish would not have taken place, but the Rays and Red Sox and or the Braves and Cardinals could have had memorable games that match some of the other one-game playoffs in history such as the Yankees and Red Sox in ’78, the Rockies and Padres in ’07, the White Sox and Twins in ’08, the Tigers and Twins in ’09, or the Royals and Athletics in ’14. The winner in 2011 of Boston and Tampa would have faced the Yankees who won 97 games, while the Rangers and Tigers who won 96 and 95 respectably would have opened with one another. IN the NL, the Phillies would have opened against the Cardinals or Braves, they did face St. Louis that season, while Milwaukee and Arizona would be the other contest.
Since 2012, we have had the two Wild card system. IN 2012, the Tigers won the division with just 88 wins in the central, the Rays and Angels were both better and missed the playoffs even with the second slot available as a Wild card entry. IN 2013, 11 90 win teams existed tying the record from 2002, though again in terms of percentage, that still falls short of 1977 and 1969. Pittsburgh won 94 that season and settled for the Wild card, better than the Dodgers with 92 in the west. Pittsburgh faced a 90 win Cincinnati team and the Cardinals who won 97 faced those Pirates, while the 96 win Braves faced the slightly weaker Dodgers in the other series. The 2013 NL results are a foreshadow of what we are seeing now in 2015, the numbers are just more extreme in terms of the likely win totals for the five teams involved. IN 2014, the top 10 teams in MLB and in deed the top 5 in each league perfectly aligned themselves, the top teams were all division winners followed by the four Wild cards.
IN 2015, it would appear that the top 10 in MLB and the top five in each league will again qualify, it is just the unbalance where by the best three teams are all from the same division, so two of them will be Wild card entries. But hey if it were not for that wild card Theo, your Cubs would very much be on the outside with two weeks to go. Just look at the final standings in 2002 where the Red Sox would have had a chance for something facing the mariners in a second wild card tie breaking game. Look at the AL East standings from 1977 through 1980 and again in 1987, the teams who would have been happy to just have a Wild card to play for were many. Those Red Sox in 2011 would have given anything to play another day against those Rays on September 29, this current system would have done just that.
Bottom line, nothing is perfect, but at least we know that these great teams on paper have their opportunity to play their way toward the ultimate prize, a World Series championship. We all know what the real solution is though baseball would probably never do this, which means getting rid of divisions all together and either sending the top five from each league or the top ten from MLB into a post season tournament. If the leagues remained, the fourth and fifth teams would have a playoff game, the winner to face the team that finished first while second and third did battle. If going with no leagues and just looking at all of MLB, then the seventh and tenth teams would have a playoff and the eighth and ninth teams would do likewise. The weaker of those remaining teams would face the team finishing first, the stronger of the teams would play the team finishing second. The remaining two series would feature third and sixth place teams in one, fourth and fifth place in the other opening series.
Personally, I love the wild card, even if a weaker division winner gets in, it still rewards winning the division. My solution to that, a balanced schedule where everyone plays everyone, 14 games against each team in the division, six against each team in the rest of your own league, four interleague games against one team and three against each of the remaining 14 teams from the opposite league. Cut the schedule to 154 games, simply reduce the number of divisional games to 12 per opposition, or 13 for a 158 game schedule.
Theo, be careful what you wish for, because you are at least able to have your club in position to play for something that you would have gladly accepted with those 2010 and 2011 Red Sox. IF baseball realigns someday say to 32 teams and 8 divisions, that second wild card could again be taken away and the weakest division winner would be forced to play the lone wild card in that playoff elimination game.
Many proposals have been written in recent years by me and others about how to modify the current Major League Baseball schedule.
Officially on September 7, I dropped into the U.S. mail a letter to major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred which outlines some scheduling specifics to which I am now going to publically write about. Call this if you want baseball’s Square Deal as far as scheduling is concerned, after all with a writer named Reginald Deal as the author of such a plan, and given my love for baseball and the weather that equals my interest in history and politics, well you get the idea.
The mathematics based on the current 162 game schedule are strait forward. A team plays each of the four divisional opposition clubs 14 games each, seven home and seven away. Each series is scheduled as one three-game and one four-game series at each ballpark, so that 56 total games are played within the division. The remaining teams outside the division within the same league are scheduled for six games, three home and three away, thus adding another 60 games to the schedule and creating a total of 116 games played inside the league. The remaining 46 games are scheduled as interleague contest against all 15 teams from the opposite league. A team from one league would host seven teams from the other circuit for three games each at home, while playing seven more on the road for three games. This takes care of 42 interleague games, the remaining four would be against a 15th team as a two home and two away series played on four consecutive days.
This scheduling format would fit perfectly into what MLB currently uses for its scheduling model, as 51 total series would be played, 15 interleague, 20 interdivision within the same league, and 16 within the same division.
My proposal takes things even further though. It calls for home field in the World Series to go to the best team in terms of win-loss record, the only exception being if the better team was a wild card while the team from the other league won its division, in which case the division title earns the weaker team home field. It also allows for a 154 game scheduling provision where by the schedule is simply reduced by cutting the total number of divisional games from 14 to 12 against each opponent. All series would in most cases be scheduled for three games, though in unusual situations such as the
Friday-Monday home series Boston gets for Patriot’s Day, a four game series would be scheduled and the visiting team would play just two games on its return to Fenway, thus making it a requirement that such a series always be scheduled against a team in the division.
The schedule also allows for an expansion to 32 teams and creating a pair of leagues with four divisions each. IN this instance, the number of interleague games increases from 46 to 48, three games at home against eight teams, three against the remaining eight on the road. The number of games played against teams inside the same league outside the division would remain at six each, three home and three away for a total of 72. This then leaves divisional play, where three opposition teams would again be schedule for 14 games, seven home and seven away as mentioned above if scheduling for 162 games, or reduce the total to 12 games each against each of these three teams and create a 156 game schedule.
There is one other note to mention concerning the scheduled based on expansion. It would not expand the number of teams in the post season, but instead create a wild Card game where the team that was the wild Card would travel to play a single game against the division winner with the weakest record. Not only does this create competition for the lone wild Card berth like we had before, it also creates a competition where by the teams that are winning a division will want to continue to play their best possible lineup to avoid being that 4th seed and thus falling into that playoff game.
I have one additional note concerning expansion that is referenced in the letter to commissioner Manfred. It is an observation that states that if no expansion team is placed in the Pacific time zone, either the Diamondbacks or Rockies will have to move to the AL and allow for the Astros to return to the NL, so that a pair of true western divisions containing four teams each are created. If an expansion team did go to the west, the Rockies would be required to join other teams from Texas or the Midwest in such a divisional structure.
Will these proposals be considered, who knows. One thing is clear to me, baseball can come up with a schedule that is more congruent, more symmetrical, and certainly one that could and would be truly balanced and equitable.
IN recent days, a lot of talk has been generated from a couple of comments that were made by players and expanded upon further by Commissioner Manfred. One area of discussion focused on the universal use of the DH in the NL and the other dealt with a reduction back to a 154 game schedule. I am now going to spend some time elaborating on both of these and how my views are changing as it relates to where baseball is now in 2015.
Let’s start with the discussion about the designated hitter. When I first discovered baseball as a kid in 1985 at the college level and especially in 1986 when I was forever hooked by the big league game, I found it odd that the NL and AL had different rules. My 13 year old mind thought, the NFL does not use different rules for NFC and AFC teams, the NBA didn’t when you switched from Eastern to Western Conference teams, so why does baseball do this? At that time though, it was critical to understand that Major League Baseball as we knew it was in effect two very separate leagues and the only areas of common ground they shared were in terms of the overall governance of the sport, in that the Commissioner of Baseball had power over both of them and both had working agreements with the minor leagues and with each other when it came to the World Series and All Star Game. But through 1999 in terms of legal recognition, the National and American Leagues were two separate entities.
When the NFL and AFL decided to join forces in 1967 with a complete merger in place by 1970, the two leagues had to agree upon which rules to follow, one key difference being the AFL using a 2-point conversion option in addition to the standard 1 point kick attempt. The NFL version would become law of the land, but the 2 point conversion would return after 24 seasons for the 1994 campaign. When the NBA took on four former ABA teams in 1976, those teams had to adjust as the NBA did not have the 3 point shot, an ABA invention. Three seasons later when the 1979-80 campaign opened, it was back and now is a tremendous offensive weapon for most successful teams. While I am not going to claim to be as much of an expert on hockey, I am sure there were ideas from the old WHA which would have four of its teams absorbed into the NHL in 1979 and hockey today looks nothing like the game did 35 years ago. So what does this merger history of our other major sports leagues have to do with baseball? Simple, the two leagues quietly merged in 2000 and since then, legally we have had one baseball league known as Major League Baseball. Now days, the AL and NL are largely unified, they share umpires, all baseball business is conducted as one total organization where votes are based on a majority or three fourths majority vote of the total ownership, where as in the past, some procedures required three quarter votes in favor within your own league and just a simple majority in the other league, sometimes the other league had no say at all. So in 1973 when the American League adopted the designated hitter, the National League could not stop them from doing so and in the same manner, the AL could not force the NL to use it.
But now, we are in a merged league, the 16th season of a joint solo baseball league is upon us. From the time of the completed mergers going forward, all teams in the other sports played by the same rules, you did not have NFL teams playing under different rules in 1985, the absorbed ABA teams into the NBA did not have their own special 3 point rules in place 16 years post-merger in 1992-93, no special hockey rules either for those teams 16 years post-merger in 1995-96. Put simply, baseball needs to get with the program and have one uniform rule in today’s era of interleague play. If you want a DH league and a non-DH league, interleague play would need to go away and thus, MLB would need to expand to 32 or contract to 28 teams. We know the ladder is not going to happen and while expansion could and should happen at some point, it is not likely in the next three to five years and no matter your views on interleague play, usually when something new is brought into a sport, it is there to stay in some form or another.
Since I have openly advocated for a schedule where all teams play everyone, this only furthers the point that baseball needs to either fully embrace or get rid of the DH. Given the lack luster ability of modern pitchers to hit a ball in today’s hyper specialized game of baseball, that is a point for the DH, which until a few years ago I opposed. Pitchers are no longer trained to hit unless they are truly talented as two-way players in high school and college. As professionals, they never take a turn at bat until double or triple A and even then, only if it is a game between affiliates that are both from NL organizations. Here, football is the obvious comparison, because by the time you get to the top level of the professional sport, you are a specialist on offense, defense, or you are a kicker, you are not expected to play both safety and receiver, both offensive and defensive line, and you are certainly never going to be both a quarterback or running back and a defensive player. Since modern baseball has taken this approach with pitchers and decided that they are no longer going to be able to train as hitters in the minor leagues for as long as three or more years while they develop as professional ball players, this too brings me to another point in favor of a universal DH.
The big issue I have had with the DH was that it limited the number of strategies employed by the manager, but given the high use of the bullpen in today’s game with a strict pitch count in place for most starters, how much strategy is left when you decide to pinch hit for the pitcher in the sixth inning, when he might have been only and out or two away from being removed during the seventh inning anyway? Other than the overrated double switch, which hurts a team more by sometimes taking out a more capable hitter for what is in theory a weaker hitter from the bench to push back the pitchers turn in the batting order, all remaining strategies of baseball are in place even with the DH. Teams must decide when to hit and run, when and where to shift, what pitch sequence to throw, which batters to pitch around, which pitcher to bring into the game during a high leverage situation with two runners in scoring position in the eighth inning with a lead of just one run, where a hit could flip the game to the oppositions favor. All of those things, all of those beautiful strategies in baseball will always remain, even in a DH league. Thus, after opposing it for years, I have come around to being a supporter of the DH and it should be uniform for all teams in our single baseball league. The only time a pitcher should hit is if the DH has to be given up and moved into the field of play as a position player and while rare, this is something that should remain, not because I want to see pitchers hit, but because it will on those occasions force the manager into a difficult decision.
Now on to the length of the schedule. Baseball for a large part of its history from around 1908 to 1960 with only a couple of exceptions played a 154 game schedule. The growth to 162 with the 1961 AL and 1962 NL expansion was simply out of utility, not need. Baseball played a balanced schedule in 1960, 154 games divided by seven teams in your league only equaled 22 games against each team. IN the new format, 18 games against each of nine teams would be played, had the 154 been kept, the schedule would have been 18 games against one and 17 games against eight teams. Scheduling of course in the modern game had become much more complicated than even that simple mathematic result.
However, 154 in today’s game is very doable and in fact, you could retain the proposed format I shared last summer and give players a day off every single week.
The schedule I proposed last summer featured contests against every single team, three games against 14 and four against the 15th team outside your league for a total of 46, this would be played as seven series of three games at home, seven series of three on the road, and then a two-two home and road set that would be played over four consecutive dates, the rivalry series like we have now. IN a team’s own league, the ten teams outside the division would be played six games each, three home and three away for another 60 games, while the remaining 56 games would be divided into 14 games against each team inside the division, seven games home and seven away verses each team, with a three game and a four game series to be played at each ballpark home and away. Moving to a 154 game schedule, you would simply reduce the divisional games to a total of 48, or 12 total against each team. Now, you would be rid of those four game series and the only four-game set would be the rivalry home-road on the interleague schedule. While the length of the season on the calendar would not change, you would add more off days on the schedule, such that a team would have an off day every single week accept one and that one week where the off day would not exist would be for the two-two interleague series against the regional rival and all those rivalry games would be scheduled for the first Monday-Thursday after the All Star Break.
For those who will surely point to the baseball records that were broken on the longer schedule, I would point out that the number of at bats and not the number of games played would be a key factor when looking at offensive stats and baseball had a very compelling record pace set by one Albert Bell, the only player to ever go 50-50 doubles and homers and that was in a shortened 144 game season in 1995. A 154 game schedule would also allow baseball if it wanted too under a unified league, to consider more of a geographic realignment that would reduce travel, while exposing fans to all teams from across the country. One major idea which would be unpopular with many traditional fans but supported by players I am sure would be to play 82 games inside the division, 16 each against three teams and 17 each against the remaining two divisional opponents, the remaining 72 games against 24 teams would be played as 24 three game series, playing 12 teams on the road and 12 teams at home. The home and road assignments would switch each season. Furthermore, where duel markets were involved, teams would face those clubs either both at home or both on the road in the same season, so as to not allow for fans in those markets to see every team every year while denying that to fans elsewhere around the new league structure.
What would that alignment look like? Well for starters, let’s take a page out of the old hockey manual and name our five divisions after key figures in baseball history. Who those figures would be would certainly trigger debate, but I would want them to represent a variety of baseball generations, positions on the field and they should represent both American and international baseball culture and history. I won’t name the divisions here, but I will propose this alignment. If and when baseball expands to 32, I would favor four divisions of eight teams rather than eight divisions of four, stronger teams as wild cards are preferred in the former over weaker division winners which would surely come about from the ladder. The scheduling formula for 154 games and 32 teams would be simple, three games against 24 teams outside the division for 72 total just as proposed above, while the 82 games inside the division would be split among seven opponents, playing 12 games against five teams and 11 against the remaining two. But now, here is the new alignment with our current 30 teams.
Division 1, Mariners, Athletics, Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Padres.
Division 2, Rangers, Astros, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Royals, Twins.
Division 3, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Brewers, White Sox, Tigers.
Division 4, Reds, Indians, Pirates, Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins.
Division 5, Nationals, Orioles, Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox.
This post briefly ran for about 35 minutes with a calculation error that was based on 162 instead of 154 game scheduling, correction now reflected in posting above.
ON this blog some months ago, I wrote about how MLB in theory could expand today to 36 teams and the impact would be no more than what happened during the 4-team expansion of 1993 and 1998. I believe that the impact could be less significant because of the much greater pool of available baseball talent. IN addition, a growth from 30 to 36 franchises would be equal in scope to the growth from 20 to 24 in 1969 in terms of the 20% growth of the industry and still less than the 25% growth during the expansion from 16 to 20 franchises in 1961-62. Today’s baseball more than ever has an international flavor, with several player s from South Korea and Australia now on big league rosters. IN 1995 when the last expansion teams were announced to begin play in 1998, no one could have envisioned the leap forward in the ability for MLB teams to obtain talent from Japan and we are now entering a similar era of growth with talent imported from Cuba. Only three Australian’s were in the league in 1995, Graeme Lloyd and Dave Nilsson with the Brewers and Craig Shipley with the Astros. Chan-Ho Park had yet to make his name as the most significant player from South Korea to play in North America’s top league and that was the same year a Japanese pitcher named Hideo Nomo took baseball by storm. Couple that with MLB’s efforts to grow the game and increase the talent pool of black American players, development efforts in Canada, a future pool of talent potentially in parts of Europe and you have a sport that is in prime position for expansion.
Bottom line, the time is right for MLB to expand. Forces in other sports leagues may ultimately drive this, with the NHL strongly hinting at a round of expansion to as many as 34 teams and with rumors of future expansion that could be coming to both the NBA and NFL, baseball would certainly want to make sure it was capitalizing some new markets before other sports leagues take a dominant foot hold in territory that still has room for expansion of its major league sports landscape.
Given the recent comments by the commissioner concerning future expansion involving Canada and or Mexico, let’s examine the most liberal expansion plan. This plan would put two more teams in Canada in Montreal and Vancouver, it would place a team in Monterey, Mexico and it would leave three slots of expansion sites to be decided between a variety of markets. One of the battles would be between Mexico city and San Antonio. Most would argue that Texas should have a third team and since Monterey is the Mexican city most prepared to support a big league team given its business climate, Mexico would get only one and not two teams. Canada clearly has had a prior history in Montreal and signs grow stronger each day that at some point, baseball at the big league level will return to French Canada. The question, does western Canada receive a team in Vancouver? One could certainly argue that a team in Vancouver would be a logical fit and if the team was in the same league with the Mariners, Seattle would have a shorter road trip finally on its schedule. Of course the mariners have a fan base in Vancouver and the Blue jays might not want to give up the Canadian television market share they have in western Canada either. Montreal having a prior history in terms of Canadian television is an easier sell. So one clearly could see the road to 32 teams going to Montreal and Monterey, but clearly MLB has other US territory it might want to consider, which makes the odds longer for Vancouver and longer still for Mexico City, both by the way were long shots for the 29th and 30th franchises when baseball announced it would expand in march of 1994, following the success the Marlins showed in their first year and the record setting response achieved by the Colorado Rockies.
Baseball of course has potential relocation worries still hanging over the Tampa Rays if a stadium situation is not resolved for that franchise and long term questions remain with the Oakland Athletics. Baseball surely would want to keep the A’s in California if at all possible, so if the club ever does leave Oakland, a bidding war would exist between San Jose and Sacramento. While the former is considered part of the Bay Area, the ladder is in current Athletics territory and is only 80 miles away, a portion of the Athletics fan base has Sacramento roots and Sacramento opens a new market in terms of local TV and radio. San Jose is largely blocked from getting the Athletics because of the Giants, but if the Athletics did go to Sacramento, nothing would stop San Jose from attempting to get an expansion team or relocating say, the Rays? The Rays have been speculated as a potential relocation to Montreal for months now and if the Tampa stadium efforts falter again, a lot of French may be heard on the sunshine coast. If Montreal did land the Rays, MLB could of course go back to Tampa if it built a stadium, but now we are looking at a lot of what if scenarios. Let’s just assume for this purpose that no team gets relocated and let’s give Montreal and Monterey automatic qualifying status if the focus of expansion is international. Vancouver would clearly be battling with Monterey for that second franchise, unless MLB truly wants to focus outside the US, in which case one easily can argue for all three cities having teams. Mexico city is clearly in 4th place here and it would have stiff competition from the borders to the north as well.
My view is that in addition to locks for Montreal and Monterey, Vancouver clearly gets a franchise and Charlotte is a city that should be granted a franchise given that a large region of the southeastern US does not have a local team and Charlotte fits nicely between Cincinnati, Atlanta and the Washington-Baltimore region. Las Vegas can make a similar argument and here, we are talking about a city that is likely in the near future going to be home to the NHL and perhaps soon after the NBA. Baseball has a long history of deep discomfort with gambling and so one cannot help but wonder how that hurts Vegas. Portland like Vancouver would be a great site for future teams as well, but I can’t see MLB going to both cities at the same time, Unless MLB is more comfortable with Portland over Vegas. I think baseball will let other leagues gamble on the Nevada desert and Portland joins Vancouver, Charlotte, Montreal and Monterey, leaving the question about the 36th franchise between two cities, San Antonio and Indianapolis.
Both cities have had history of very successful NBA franchises and Indy has in recent years proven to be a great football market. But I view San Antonio as the leader here because of its greater size, the fact that it is part of a vastly growing region with Austin just 80 miles north and more and more people and thus potential fans are moving south every year.
Assuming thus no relocations, here is my latest idea of a super 36 team MLB based on the recent comments by Commissioner Manfred, as I assume MLB would not expand just north and south of the border.
The AL East would add Montreal while the AL Central would add Charlotte and the west would add San Antonio and Portland, Houston would move back to the senior circuit.
Pittsburgh would move from the NL Central to the East, the vacated slot in the Central would go to Houston and Monterey would be added as the sixth franchise, while in the NL West, Vancouver gets the sixth position. Below are listed what the new alignments would look like.
AL East: Tampa, Boston, Baltimore, Yankees, Toronto, Montreal.
AL Central: White Sox, Minnesota, Detroit, Cleveland, Kansas City, Charlotte.
AL West: Texas, San Antonio, Angels, Oakland, Portland, Seattle.
NL East: Miami, Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Mets.
NL Central, Cubs, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Houston, Monterey.
NL West: Colorado, Arizona, San Diego, Dodgers, San Francisco, Vancouver.
Would this happen any time soon, not likely, but these are all cities that have been talked about before when the discussion of expansion and relocation has come about over the past two decades. Baseball is more regional than the NBA and NFL because of how its teams are concentrated in various markets, so by adding teams in these particular markets, especially Monterey and Charlotte, you are truly expanding baseball’s geographic footprint. All the new franchises would be within reasonable travel distances to nearby cities, with Vancouver having the longest trip, one cannot see all three Pacific northwest cities in the same division. Monterey is relatively close to Houston and the state of Texas by air and San Antonio is an obvious fit here. Charlotte would be within reasonable travel distances to other cities like Atlanta, Washington and Baltimore and Montreal would have close connections by train or air to Boston and Toronto.
Now, time to reveal my 2015 30 ballpark, 30 day travel options. If you want to do this, tickets for all teams are now or will shortly be on sale and with the best options being early this season, time to start booking.
In past years when I have looked at the schedule for the next MLB season, I can usually find ways to put together the 30-day, 30-ballpark tour that makes sense and I can do so prior to and after the All Star break. Based on my own experience having taken this tour in 2012, there are some basic requirements. First, the Padres, Dodgers and Angels must be visited on three consecutive dates. Second, the Athletics and Giants must be visited on back-to-back dates. Third, if the five teams in California cannot be seen on five consecutive dates, the gaps between the trips to northern and southern California should be filled by visits to the Mariners or Diamondbacks, a visit to the Rockies can be done as a last resort. Fourth, the Mariners and Diamondbacks must be visited between the northern and southern California swings, prior to the California tour, on the back end of the California tour, or as book end stops for this segment of the schedule. Fifth, the Rockies while preferably as a book end team closing or starting the west coast and Arizona segment can also be used as a bridge stop going back east or coming west, or they can be used to fill a gap between teams in the central time zone, preferably the Cardinals, Royals, Rangers and Astros. Sixth, it is strongly preferred that the Rangers and Astros are back-to-back and that the same is true for the Cardinals and Royals. Seventh, the Cubs and white Sox must be back-to-back or be split with a trip up to a Brewers game. The Brewers can be also used as the beginning or end stop that includes both Chicago teams. Eighth, the Twins are a team that can be used to fill a gap between central time zone teams or between the Blue Jays and Tigers from the east, but it is preferred that the Twins if possible be part of the Chicago and Milwaukee swing, with the Twins as a book end going to or coming from either Chicago or Milwaukee. Ninth, the Reds and Indians are seen back-to-back and if possible, they are connected with the Pirates on the opposite end of the Cleveland Leg. The Tigers can also be included in this if possible, with Detroit closest to Cleveland for such arrangements. Detroit can also be the first or last stop in combination with the Chicago clubs or used as a bridge to other segments of the trip. Tenth, the Pirates can be used as a book end team joined to the six teams that are in the northeast corridor, the Mets, Yankees, Nationals, Orioles, Phillies and Red Sox. Eleventh, the six teams in the above mentioned northeast corridor can be visited in a variety of combinations given the easy access to rail and plane travel, but the most efficient plan has the nationals and Orioles back-to-back or if needed split by a visit to the Phillies, while the Mets and Yankees are back-to-back or split by a visit to the Red Sox. Twelfth, the marlins and Rays are seen back-to-back if possible. Finally, thirteenth, the Braves and Blue Jays are truly swing teams, with Atlanta working best as a team to visit prior to or after the stops in Florida, but the Braves can also fill a gap between the Midwest and northeast teams if needed. Toronto similarly can fill such a gap and it is best if going to and from the Blue Jays while visiting teams in the upper Midwest or northeast. Toronto can be included as part of a northeastern trip, with the team visit used as a bookend preferably or if a hard to fill gap existed, Toronto could fill that void. Atlanta too can be used in such a manner, with easy access to both cities from the major airports in the northeast United States.
Now that all of my travel requirements have been explained, one thing is already clear. The best 2015 travel options for 30 ballparks in 30 days will all be prior to the All Star break. The only consecutive dates for the Dodgers, Angels and padres beyond July 1 took place in the middle of August and September 2-4. Unfortunately, the only dates that then fell within the restrictions I have set for the western trip that qualified for the Giants and Athletics, were back-to-back dates on August 30-31. This meant a team had to be used to fill the slot on September 1, the Rockies, while the Diamondbacks were available for a home game on August 29. This meant though that the mariners had to be home either August 28 or September 5 and they are away on both dates. Thus, all options that work out west are between April and June and all but one feature all eight teams on consecutive dates, the Padres, Dodgers, Angels in a grouping, the Giants and Athletics together, and the Mariners, Diamondbacks and Rockies where needed. One May scenario lacks the Rockies who will be used at a different point in the schedule. So now, I present the various travel options should you want to take on 30 ballparks in 30 days this baseball season, while being as efficient as possible. It is almost impossible to make the perfect schedule, but as you will see in the below options, I try to do so and I stick with certain combinations as must have requirements.
This schedule opens at Toronto Friday April 17 and closes at Minnesota Saturday May 16. The concern is of course that cold weather could be an issue, with the most likely source of trouble being Colorado. The longest flight is between the first and second games from Toronto to Tampa. All in state and close by regional parings are kept accept Florida and Ohio, the Rays are home at different points than the Marlins for much of this tour, so the approach was to go from Arizona which concluded the eight games out west, stop in Texas for consecutive games, then go to Miami and Atlanta leading into the swing around the northeast and Pittsburgh, before spending the final week crisscrossing the Midwest. Detroit is used as a bridge between the two Ohio clubs due to a game time issue. All times listed are local to each city. The longest flight is Toronto to Tampa on day 2. ON day 3, a time zone change from Eastern to Central takes place between night games at Tampa and St. Louis. The same things happen with time zone changes to Mountain on day 5 and Pacific day 6. The first tight turnaround is days 6-7, the mariners play a night game followed by a day game at the Giants on April 23. Arizona is in effect on the same time as the west coast during summer, so the next time zone change is a big one going forward two hours back to central on day 13, but it is just a two hour flight from Phoenix to Texas and you are in a string of consecutive night time contests. The change from central to Eastern takes place on day 15, but again it is not a horribly long flight from Houston to Miami and we are still looking at night time baseball. The next quick turnaround is day 17, a night game the prior evening at Atlanta followed by a day game at Baltimore on Sunday May 3. The next quick turnaround is not until day 24 a week later on May 10, which also brings a drop back into the Central Time zone. After spending three days in Chicago and Milwaukee, days 27-29 are at Cleveland, Detroit and Cincinnati. Originally Detroit came first, but the Tigers games are both an hour later and so it allowed for two additional hours of travel time between Cleveland and Detroit to start in Cleveland, as both play night games on May 13 and day games May 14. The final day is also a quick turn around, but again it is a drop back into the Central Time zone going from a night game the previous evening at Cincinnati to a day game closing out the trip in Minnesota. All games are listed with the home team you are seeing first, followed by the team they are facing.
April 17 Blue Jays V Braves 7:07, 18 Rays V Yankees 7:10, 19 Cardinals V Reds 7:05, 20 Royals V Twins 7:10, 21 Rockies V Padres 6:40, 22 Mariners V Astros 7:10,
23 Giants V Dodgers 12:45, 24 Athletics V Astros 7:05, 25 Padres V Dodgers 5:40, 26 Angels V Rangers 12:35, 27 Dodgers V Giants 7:10,
28 Diamondbacks V Rockies 6:40, 29 Rangers V Mariners 7:05, 30 Astros V Mariners 7:10.
May 1 Marlins V Phillies 7:10, 2 Braves V Reds 7:10, 3 Orioles V Rays 1:35, 4 Nationals V Marlins 7:05, 5 Red Sox V Rays 7:10, 6 Mets V Orioles 7:10,
7 Yankees V Orioles 7:05, 8 Phillies V Mets 7:05, 9 Pirates V Cardinals 7:05, 10 White Sox V Reds 1:10, 11 Cubs V Mets 7:05, 12 Brewers V White Sox 7:10,
13 Indians V Cardinals 6:05, 14 Tigers V Twins 1:08, 15 Reds V Giants 7:10, 16 Twins V Rays 1:10.
This trip begins Monday April 20 in Boston on Patriots Day and closes Tuesday May 19 in Detroit.
While this schedule is not perfect in that you have the western swing late in the trip before coming back east, it starts with one of the great games on any schedule, the Red Sox home game on marathon day in Boston. The first six dates are in the northeastern corridor April 20-25, followed by a southeastern trip to the Rays and Braves, then after seeing the Ohio teams, followed by the Missouri teams on four consecutive dates, you continue the Midwest swing through Minnesota, Chicago and Chicago via Milwaukee before flights to Toronto and Pittsburgh. From Pittsburgh, you head west for eight, before working your way back with consecutive stops in Texas, then closing out with trips to Miami and Detroit. The longest flight on this trip will be from Miami to Detroit. The quick turnaround trips between night and day games are between Baltimore and Tampa days 6-7, St. Louis and Minnesota Days 12-13, Arizona and San Francisco days 20 and 21, and between Texas and Houston days 27 and 28. One major time zone change coming from the west coast to Texas is between days 26-27 going from Seattle to Texas, but direct flights are only 3 hours and both games are night games.
April 20 Red Sox v Orioles 11:05, 21 Nationals V Cardinals 7:05, 22 Phillies V Marlins 7:05, 23 Mets V Braves 1:10, 24 Yankees V Mets 7:05,
25 Orioles V Red Sox 7:05, 26 Rays v Blue Jays 1:10, 27 Indians V Royals 6:05, 28 Reds V Brewers 7:10, 29 Braves V Nationals 7:10, 30 Royals V Tigers 7:10.
May 1 Cardinals V Pirates 7:15, 2 Twins V White Sox 1:10, 3 Cubs V Brewers 1:20, 4 Brewers V Dodgers 6:20, 5 White Sox V Tigers 7:10,
6 Blue Jays V Yankees 7:07, 7 Pirates V Reds 7:05, 8 Rockies V Dodgers 6:40, 9 Diamondbacks V padres 5:10, 10 Giants V Marlins 1:05,
11 Athletics V Red Sox 7:05, 12 Dodgers V Marlins 7:10, 13 Angels V Rockies 7:05, 14 Padres V Nationals 7:10, 15 Mariners V Red Sox 7:10,
16 Rangers V Indians 7:05, 17 Astros V Blue Jays 1:10, 18 Marlins V Diamondbacks 7:10, 19 Tigers V Brewers 7:08.
This schedule begins with the eight teams out west on Friday April 24, concluding Saturday May 23, with the opening stop in Colorado and the final stop in Atlanta. The longest travel day is likely May 6 between stops 12 and 13, as the flight from Kansas City to Toronto is likely a connection. The Jays are scheduled for a night game though. The most difficult turn around in terms of getting from one city to another is likely between stops 23 and 24, as the Twins play on Saturday before the Sunday game in Philadelphia. The choice was first to go from Minnesota to Miami Friday and Saturday, but both the Twins and marlins play day games and the travel was easier going back an hour to Minnesota and then going from there to Philly. The good news, once in Philly, no more air travel is needed until the final day of the trip going from New York to Atlanta. The negative here is that Arizona is used to split California, as the Diamondbacks are the bridge between three games in southern California and the two up north. While the Ohio teams are not seen on consecutive dates, they are part of the same swing around the Midwest in the middle of May toward the end of the tour.
April 24 Rockies V Giants 6:40, 25 Mariners V Twins 7:10, 26 Angels V Rangers 12:35, 27 Dodgers V Giants 7:10, 28 Padres V Astros 7:10,
29 Diamondbacks v Rockies 6:40, 30 Athletics V Angels 12:35, May 1 Giants V Angels 7:15.
May 2 Astros V Mariners 6:10, 3 Rangers V Athletics 2:05, 4 Cardinals V Cubs 7:10, 5 Royals V Indians 7:10, 6 Blue Jays V Yankees 7:07, 7 Pirates V Reds 7:05,
8 Indians V Twins 7:05, 9 Tigers V Royals 1:08, 10 White Sox V Reds 1:10, 11 Cubs V Mets 7:05, 12 Brewers V white Sox 7:10, 13 Reds V Braves 7:10,
14 Rays V Yankees 7:10, 15 Marlins V Braves 7:10, 16 Twins V Rays 1:10, 17 Phillies V Diamondbacks 1:35, 18 Mets V Cardinals 7:10, 19 Red Sox V Rangers 7:10,
20 Nationals V Yankees 7:05, 21 Orioles V Mariners 12:35, 22 Yankees V Rangers 7:05, 23 Braves V Brewers 4:10.
The tour starts April 28 in Cincinnati and concludes May 27 in Minnesota.
This schedule moves back and forth across the country as well, though all of the preferred back-to-back options are here. After two stops in Ohio and another two in Missouri, it’s on to Atlanta day 5 before the next 6 games in the northeast. That then transitions to 7 games out west excluding Colorado, followed by two in Texas and then a backtrack to Colorado. From there, it is back east for the next 5 to Pittsburgh, Detroit and Toronto before going down to Florida for a pair of games. The final leg then hits the Midwest again with a pair of games in Chicago before closing at Milwaukee and Minnesota. The longest flights are from Seattle to Dallas fort Worth and from Denver to Pittsburgh. Those two flights involve the loss of two time zones each in terms of time, the one down fall to this particular option. The flight from Toronto to Miami while long stays in the same time zone, while the longest trip out west from Philadelphia to Phoenix results in extra time as you are dropping time zones.
April 28 Reds V Brewers 7:10, 29 Indians V Royals 6:05, 30 Royals V Tigers 7:10.
May 1 Cardinals V Pirates 7:15, 2 Braves V Reds 7:10, 3 Orioles V Rays 1:35, 4 Nationals V Marlins 7:05, 5 Red Sox V Rays 7:10, 6 Mets V Orioles 7:10,
7 Yankees V Orioles 7:05, 8 Phillies V Mets 7:05, 9 Diamondbacks V Padres 5:10, 10 Giants V Marlins 1:05, 11 Athletics V Red Sox 7:05,
12 Dodgers V Marlins 7:10, 13 Angels V Rockies 7:05, 14 Padres V Nationals 7:10, 15 Mariners V Red Sox 7:10, 16 Rangers V Indians 7:05,
17 Astros V Blue Jays 1:10, 18 Rockies V Phillies 6:40, 19 Pirates V Twins 7:05, 20 Tigers V Brewers 7:08, 21 Blue Jays V Angels 7:07, 22 Marlins V Angels 7:10,
23 Rays V Athletics 4:10, 24 White Sox V Twins 1:10, 25 Cubs V Nationals 1:20, 26 Brewers V Giants 7:10, 27 Twins V Red Sox 12:10.
Option 5, games May 3-June 1
This trip in terms of the time zone issue is one of the easiest. It begins May 3 in Baltimore and closes June 1 at Arizona. The first 7 games are back east with the northeast corridor and Cleveland wrapping up the first week. The second week leaving Cleveland continues a swing through the Midwest with a pair in Chicago, followed by Milwaukee, Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Kansas City. The third week brings about a pair of games in Texas, followed by games back east at Pittsburgh and Toronto, followed by Tampa, Miami and Atlanta. ON Sunday the 24th, the travel goes from Atlanta to Colorado, before coming back to Minnesota on Memorial Day. From there, it’s back out west to California for 5 games and then stops at Seattle and Arizona.
This is one of the easiest trips, with the only day game following a time zone change that is headed east being the trip from Colorado to Minnesota, but both of these are day games which helps. It also requires a relatively early start on May 31 following a night game, as you fly from Oakland to Seattle. Fortunately, light rail is near the Seattle airport and you could hop the train and go straight to Safeco as quickly as you could probably get your rental car.
By far the longest flights would be from Atlanta to Colorado and from Minnesota to the Los Angeles region.
May 3 Orioles V Rays 1:35, 4 Nationals V Marlins 7:05, 5 Red Sox V Rays 7:10, 6 Mets V Orioles 7:10, 7 Yankees V Orioles 7:05, 8 Phillies V Mets 7:05,
9 Indians V Twins 4:05, 10 White Sox V Reds 1:10, 11 Cubs V Mets 7:05, 12 Brewers V white Sox 7:10, 13 Tigers V Twins 7:08, 14 Reds V Giants 7:10,
15 Cardinals V Tigers 7:15, 16 Royals V Yankees 6:10, 17 Rangers V Indians 2:05, 18 Astros V Athletics 7:05, 19 Pirates V Twins 7:05, 20 Blue Jays V Angels 7:07,
21 Rays V Athletics 7:10, 22 Marlins V Orioles 7:10, 23 Braves V Brewers 4:10, 24 Rockies V Giants 2:10, 25 Twins V Red Sox 1:10, 26 Dodgers V Braves 7:10,
27 Angels V Padres 7:05, 28 Padres V Pirates 7:10, 29 Giants V Braves 7:15, 30 Athletics V Yankees 7:05, 31 Mariners V Indians 1:10.
June 1 Diamondbacks V Braves 6:40.
Simulated league 3.0 concluded December 24. A new league alignment still produced the Cardinals as champions. The original 16 teams played an unballanced schedule in the NL while the expansion teams did the same in the AL. The season schedule and alignment was a 2001-2012 style of simulation through the facilities of www.whatifsports.com.
IN postseason, the NL West champion Cardinals took out the Braves who won the Wild Card in four games, while the NL East champion yankees swept the NL Central champion dodgers in the division series. Over in the AL, the Eastern champion Padres took out the Central champion blue Jays in a sweep, while the Mets who took the Wild Card defeated the NL West champion Diamondbacks in four. The Cardinals took out the Yankees in six and the Padres took the Mets in five in the two LCS matchups, and then the Cardinals took the league crown defeating the Padres in six. The alignment was based on the theme as described in a prior post, original five AL teams in the NL East, original five NL teams in the NL West, the six original remaining teams who had relocated took residence in the NL Central. IN the AL, the 1960’s expansion teams that did not relocate were in the East, the Central was home to the expansion teams that relocated and the 1977 expansion clubs, while the 1990’s expansion teams were in the West.
Overall regular season offensive stats were down just slightly and no team one or lost 100 games for the first time. For this league, I won’t publish all of the stats, but I did want to show the award winners.
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For those who are following the simulation league results posted on Youtube and shared via Twitter and for those who occasionally come across this blog, below is listed the complete list of the players used for this particular league simulation via http://www.whatifsports.com. Note a couple things, first the salary is a WIS value for how the player should perform and how frequently the player can play with out a major fatigue hit and note the position listed may not be the position or manner in which the player is used. Some pitchers listed as starter will be used in relief because of lower innings counts for the given season and some position players are playing in other areas that are not a defensive penalty on the defensive spectrum, such as a shortstop playing other positions accept catcher, a Houston 2b that is playing 3b, Etc. Now, the complete list of rosters.
Note too that only four teams, the Mariners, Brewers, Rangers, and Red sox are using a primary DH at the actual DH slot, most teams are using another 1b or a weaker outfielder at that position.
Angel Stadium (Anaheim Angels: 2004-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
John Candelaria 1986 California Angels SP $3,300,544
Dean Chance 1964 Los Angeles Angels SP $11,057,607
Ken McBride 1963 Los Angeles Angels SP $6,793,957
Tom Murphy 1968 California Angels SP $3,059,052
Garrett Richards 2014 Anaheim Angels SP $6,144,608
Frank Tanana 1976 California Angels SP $9,210,405
Jered Weaver 2011 Anaheim Angels SP $7,525,205
Art Fowler 1961 Los Angeles Angels RP $2,501,477
Bruce Kison 1981 California Angels RP $1,105,643
Troy Percival 1995 California Angels RP $4,105,020
Francisco Rodriguez 2004 Anaheim Angels RP $4,192,760
Joe Smith 2014 Anaheim Angels RP $3,104,183
Earl Averill 1961 Los Angeles Angels C $3,284,872
Bob Boone 1988 California Angels C $3,324,284
Rod Carew 1981 California Angels 1B $5,144,751
Bobby Grich 1981 California Angels 2B $6,464,248
Mark McLemore 1988 California Angels 2B $1,267,120
Doug DeCinces 1982 California Angels 3B $6,983,990
Troy Glaus 2000 Anaheim Angels 3B $6,397,680
Robb Quinlan 2004 Anaheim Angels 3B $1,398,573
Alfredo Amezaga 2004 Anaheim Angels SS $320,452
Rick Burleson 1981 California Angels SS $6,928,645
Darin Erstad 2000 Anaheim Angels OF $9,252,582
Tim Salmon 1995 California Angels OF $8,069,840
Mike Trout 2013 Anaheim Angels OF $8,978,013
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,915,511
Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros: 2002-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Larry Dierker 1969 Houston Astros SP $9,983,220
Pete Harnisch 1991 Houston Astros SP $6,076,053
Dallas Keuchel 2014 Houston Astros SP $4,870,700
Darryl Kile 1997 Houston Astros SP $7,281,734
Mike Scott 1986 Houston Astros SP $11,044,208
Danny Darwin 1989 Houston Astros RP $3,754,746
Bill Dawley 1983 Houston Astros RP $2,616,591
Brad Lidge 2004 Houston Astros RP $4,037,047
Joe Sambito 1980 Houston Astros RP $3,270,083
Julio Solano 1984 Houston Astros RP $1,710,388
Dave Veres 1994 Houston Astros RP $1,416,912
Billy Wagner 1999 Houston Astros RP $4,314,571
Mark Bailey 1985 Houston Astros C $3,410,977
Jason Castro 2010 Houston Astros C $1,630,018
Jeff Bagwell 1994 Houston Astros 1B $10,661,304
Jose Altuve 2014 Houston Astros 2B $7,523,428
Craig Biggio 1997 Houston Astros 2B $7,990,984
Russ Johnson 1999 Houston Astros 3B $966,367
Dickie Thon 1983 Houston Astros SS $6,464,422
Moises Alou 2000 Houston Astros OF $5,003,127
Lance Berkman 2002 Houston Astros OF $5,894,580
Cesar Cedeno 1973 Houston Astros OF $6,512,020
Richard Hidalgo 2000 Houston Astros OF $6,799,894
Jerry Mumphrey 1983 Houston Astros OF $1,864,301
Hunter Pence 2007 Houston Astros OF $4,799,849
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,897,524
Oakland Coliseum (Oakland Athletics: 1968-2000)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Vida Blue 1971 Oakland Athletics SP $11,545,546
Catfish Hunter 1972 Oakland Athletics SP $11,071,529
Jim Nash 1969 Oakland Athletics SP $2,314,695
Jeff Samardzija 2014 Oakland Athletics SP $3,218,708
Dave Stewart 1990 Oakland Athletics SP $7,391,132
Bob Welch 1990 Oakland Athletics SP $5,361,413
Barry Zito 2002 Oakland Athletics SP $6,504,354
Andrew Bailey 2009 Oakland Athletics RP $3,904,495
Sean Doolittle 2014 Oakland Athletics RP $2,981,583
Dennis Eckersley 1990 Oakland Athletics RP $4,293,010
Steve Ontiveros 1985 Oakland Athletics RP $3,021,308
Huston Street 2007 Oakland Athletics RP $1,943,875
Ramon Hernandez 1999 Oakland Athletics C $909,687
Terry Steinbach 1996 Oakland Athletics C $4,225,495
Jimmie Foxx 1932 Philadelphia Athletics 1B $12,879,098
Jason Giambi 2000 Oakland Athletics 1B $8,781,317
Mark Ellis 2003 Oakland Athletics 2B $4,261,122
Mike Gallego 1985 Oakland Athletics 2B $352,595
Eric Chavez 2003 Oakland Athletics 3B $6,469,267
Kurt Abbott 1998 Oakland Athletics SS $594,848
Miguel Tejada 2000 Oakland Athletics SS $5,316,397
Jose Canseco 1988 Oakland Athletics OF $6,711,391
Ben Grieve 1997 Oakland Athletics OF $672,905
Rickey Henderson 1990 Oakland Athletics OF $7,539,792
Reggie Jackson 1969 Oakland Athletics OF $6,604,309
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,869,871
Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays: 2005-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Roger Clemens 1997 Toronto Blue Jays SP $10,538,044
Roy Halladay 2008 Toronto Blue Jays SP $7,465,978
Pat Hentgen 1996 Toronto Blue Jays SP $7,496,852
Jimmy Key 1987 Toronto Blue Jays SP $8,134,198
Dave Stieb 1985 Toronto Blue Jays SP $7,619,015
Mark Eichhorn 1986 Toronto Blue Jays RP $6,436,331
Tom Henke 1987 Toronto Blue Jays RP $3,789,313
Casey Janssen 2012 Toronto Blue Jays RP $2,207,157
B.J. Ryan 2006 Toronto Blue Jays RP $3,666,375
Aaron Sanchez 2014 Toronto Blue Jays RP $1,665,470
Sergio Santos 2013 Toronto Blue Jays RP $1,510,169
Duane Ward 1993 Toronto Blue Jays RP $2,684,206
Jose Molina 2011 Toronto Blue Jays C $1,750,580
Ernie Whitt 1987 Toronto Blue Jays C $3,776,724
Carlos Delgado 2000 Toronto Blue Jays 1B $8,376,771
Fred McGriff 1990 Toronto Blue Jays 1B $6,114,810
Roberto Alomar 1991 Toronto Blue Jays 2B $6,096,207
Brett Lawrie 2011 Toronto Blue Jays 3B $2,021,533
Yunel Escobar 2012 Toronto Blue Jays SS $4,870,543
Alex S. Gonzalez 1999 Toronto Blue Jays SS $1,657,650
Jesse Barfield 1986 Toronto Blue Jays OF $6,720,984
Jose Bautista 2011 Toronto Blue Jays OF $9,275,427
Shawn Green 1999 Toronto Blue Jays OF $6,940,390
Eric Hinske 2006 Toronto Blue Jays OF $1,294,224
Lloyd Moseby 1984 Toronto Blue Jays OF $7,098,828
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,207,779
Turner Field (Atlanta Braves: 1997-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Tom Glavine 1991 Atlanta Braves SP $7,493,935
Pat Jarvis 1966 Atlanta Braves SP $2,403,695
Greg Maddux 1995 Atlanta Braves SP $10,842,285
Phil Niekro 1969 Atlanta Braves SP $9,029,890
John Smoltz 1996 Atlanta Braves SP $9,321,921
Warren Spahn 1953 Milwaukee Braves SP $9,942,486
Juan Berenguer 1991 Atlanta Braves RP $2,019,043
Kyle Farnsworth 2005 Atlanta Braves RP $991,480
Gene Garber 1978 Atlanta Braves RP $2,302,471
Tom House 1974 Atlanta Braves RP $3,516,458
Craig Kimbrel 2012 Atlanta Braves RP $3,884,821
Kris Medlen 2012 Atlanta Braves RP $5,235,211
Biff Pocoroba 1983 Atlanta Braves C $744,470
Joe Torre 1965 Milwaukee Braves C $5,613,849
Hank Aaron 1971 Atlanta Braves 1B $6,927,224
Davey Johnson 1973 Atlanta Braves 2B $5,510,592
Pete Orr 2005 Atlanta Braves 2B $873,119
Bill Sweeney 1912 Boston Braves 2B $7,311,252
Chipper Jones 1998 Atlanta Braves 3B $6,846,883
Rafael Furcal 2005 Atlanta Braves SS $6,983,568
Ron Gant 1990 Atlanta Braves OF $5,647,290
Andruw Jones 2000 Atlanta Braves OF $8,230,531
Keith Mitchell 1991 Atlanta Braves OF $520,778
Dale Murphy 1983 Atlanta Braves OF $6,854,668
Deion Sanders 1991 Atlanta Braves OF $581,691
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,629,611
Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers: 2001-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Chris Bosio 1989 Milwaukee Brewers SP $6,033,829
Mike Caldwell 1978 Milwaukee Brewers SP $8,646,506
Cal Eldred 1992 Milwaukee Brewers SP $3,471,891
Marco Estrada 2013 Milwaukee Brewers SP $3,088,715
Mike Fiers 2014 Milwaukee Brewers SP $2,615,363
Yovani Gallardo 2011 Milwaukee Brewers SP $5,214,526
Teddy Higuera 1988 Milwaukee Brewers SP $7,719,161
Ben Sheets 2004 Milwaukee Brewers SP $8,039,855
Rollie Fingers 1981 Milwaukee Brewers RP $4,635,067
Doug Henry 1991 Milwaukee Brewers RP $1,747,672
Doug Jones 1997 Milwaukee Brewers RP $3,346,987
Ken Sanders 1970 Milwaukee Brewers RP $3,767,415
Jonathan Lucroy 2014 Milwaukee Brewers C $6,721,926
Dave Nilsson 1999 Milwaukee Brewers C $3,275,158
Cecil Cooper 1980 Milwaukee Brewers 1B $7,367,919
Richie Sexson 2000 Milwaukee Brewers 1B $2,222,134
Fernando Vina 1998 Milwaukee Brewers 2B $7,159,275
Tommy Harper 1970 Milwaukee Brewers 3B $6,352,067
Jose Valentin 1994 Milwaukee Brewers SS $3,253,218
Robin Yount 1982 Milwaukee Brewers SS $7,734,247
Paul Molitor 1987 Milwaukee Brewers DH $5,313,696
Ryan Braun 2011 Milwaukee Brewers OF $6,789,581
Mark Brouhard 1983 Milwaukee Brewers OF $1,642,798
Ben Oglivie 1980 Milwaukee Brewers OF $6,272,604
Gorman Thomas 1979 Milwaukee Brewers OF $6,797,546
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,229,156
Busch Stadium (II) (St. Louis Cardinals: 2006-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
John Fulgham 1979 St. Louis Cardinals SP $4,219,139
Bob Gibson 1968 St. Louis Cardinals SP $12,216,556
Lance Lynn 2014 St. Louis Cardinals SP $4,947,201
Shelby Miller 2014 St. Louis Cardinals SP $3,843,002
John Tudor 1985 St. Louis Cardinals SP $9,583,232
Adam Wainwright 2014 St. Louis Cardinals SP $7,410,124
Paul Kilgus 1993 St. Louis Cardinals RP $1,041,211
Kyle McClellan 2011 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,563,148
Jason Motte 2012 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,438,969
Pat Neshek 2014 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,798,226
Bobby Shantz 1963 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,761,144
Russ Springer 2007 St. Louis Cardinals RP $2,838,059
Terry Kennedy 1979 St. Louis Cardinals C $694,571
Yadier Molina 2012 St. Louis Cardinals C $6,272,102
Mark McGwire 1998 St. Louis Cardinals 1B $10,345,015
Felipe Lopez 2008 St. Louis Cardinals 2B $1,825,001
Red Schoendienst 1953 St. Louis Cardinals 2B $7,072,823
Fernando Tatis 1999 St. Louis Cardinals 3B $5,908,279
Pete Kozma 2012 St. Louis Cardinals SS $747,577
Ozzie Smith 1985 St. Louis Cardinals SS $5,952,311
Jim Edmonds 2004 St. Louis Cardinals OF $7,736,300
Joe Mather 2010 St. Louis Cardinals OF $223,880
Willie McGee 1985 St. Louis Cardinals OF $7,137,439
Stan Musial 1948 St. Louis Cardinals OF $11,389,378
Albert Pujols 2003 St. Louis Cardinals OF $7,958,514
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,923,201
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs: 1926-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Pete Alexander 1919 Chicago Cubs SP $9,560,842
Mordecai Brown 1908 Chicago Cubs SP $12,741,189
Dizzy Dean 1938 Chicago Cubs SP $2,559,096
Ryan Dempster 2008 Chicago Cubs SP $5,966,542
Mark Prior 2003 Chicago Cubs SP $7,161,943
Rick Sutcliffe 1984 Chicago Cubs SP $4,884,679
Steve Trout 1984 Chicago Cubs SP $3,897,044
Kerry Wood 1998 Chicago Cubs SP $5,013,865
Mike Campbell 1996 Chicago Cubs RP $771,024
Carlos Marmol 2008 Chicago Cubs RP $3,677,182
Lee Smith 1983 Chicago Cubs RP $3,548,369
Bruce Sutter 1977 Chicago Cubs RP $4,889,247
Joe Girardi 1992 Chicago Cubs C $2,309,281
Rick Wilkins 1993 Chicago Cubs C $5,549,034
Mark Grace 1993 Chicago Cubs 1B $6,618,758
Ryne Sandberg 1990 Chicago Cubs 2B $6,411,525
Ryan Theriot 2006 Chicago Cubs 2B $1,335,915
Ron Santo 1965 Chicago Cubs 3B $6,567,615
Ernie Banks 1959 Chicago Cubs SS $8,800,238
Andre Dawson 1987 Chicago Cubs OF $4,902,496
Bob Dernier 1987 Chicago Cubs OF $1,710,132
Dave Kingman 1979 Chicago Cubs OF $4,701,934
Alfonso Soriano 2007 Chicago Cubs OF $5,303,838
Sammy Sosa 2001 Chicago Cubs OF $10,165,763
Scot Thompson 1982 Chicago Cubs OF $669,742
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,717,293
Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks: 2006-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Miguel Batista 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $3,376,181
Josh Collmenter 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $3,902,852
Danny Haren 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $7,722,470
Daniel Hudson 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $3,034,037
Randy Johnson 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $10,273,633
Ian Kennedy 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $6,326,440
Curt Schilling 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $8,782,040
Brandon Webb 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks SP $6,724,177
Byung-Hyun Kim 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks RP $2,714,297
Matt Mantei 2003 Arizona Diamondbacks RP $1,839,240
Chad Qualls 2008 Arizona Diamondbacks RP $2,374,163
Jose Valverde 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks RP $1,902,507
Miguel Montero 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks C $5,135,599
Chris Snyder 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks C $2,201,979
Paul Goldschmidt 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks 1B $8,018,020
Craig Counsell 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks 2B $1,070,020
Aaron Hill 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks 2B $7,240,949
Mark Reynolds 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks 3B $5,070,481
Matt Williams 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks 3B $6,482,761
Stephen Drew 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks SS $4,878,282
Didi Gregorius 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks SS $2,870,246
Steve Finley 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks OF $5,850,889
Luis Gonzalez 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks OF $9,038,746
A.J. Pollock 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks OF $2,818,107
Justin Upton 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks OF $5,229,055
Active Roster Total Salary: $124,877,171
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers: 1962-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Freddie Fitzsimmons 1940 Brooklyn Dodgers SP $4,069,772
Orel Hershiser 1985 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $8,471,149
Clayton Kershaw 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $8,400,350
Sandy Koufax 1964 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $8,494,888
Don Sutton 1973 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $8,549,300
Fernando Valenzuela 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers SP $9,684,390
Eric Gagne 2003 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $5,463,221
Kenley Jansen 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $2,855,123
Tom Niedenfuer 1983 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $3,827,513
Ron Perranoski 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $3,232,968
Doug Rau 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $1,363,356
Takashi Saito 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers RP $3,208,711
Toby Hall 2006 Los Angeles Dodgers C $685,366
Russell Martin 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers C $5,169,466
Steve Garvey 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers 1B $6,085,471
Marlon Anderson 2006 Los Angeles Dodgers 2B $1,764,069
Jackie Robinson 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers 2B $8,399,681
Adrian Beltre 2004 Los Angeles Dodgers 3B $8,740,295
Pedro Guerrero 1983 Los Angeles Dodgers 3B $5,416,438
Jose Offerman 1990 Los Angeles Dodgers SS $200,000
Maury Wills 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers SS $5,989,503
Brett Butler 1994 Los Angeles Dodgers OF $6,874,492
Kirk Gibson 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers OF $4,870,922
Matt Kemp 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers OF $7,963,636
Scott Van Slyke 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers OF $200,000
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,980,080
AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants: 2006-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Madison Bumgarner 2010 San Francisco Giants SP $2,196,574
Matt Cain 2011 San Francisco Giants SP $7,370,271
Scott Garrelts 1989 San Francisco Giants SP $6,185,685
Tim Lincecum 2009 San Francisco Giants SP $8,586,876
Juan Marichal 1965 San Francisco Giants SP $10,168,531
Gaylord Perry 1968 San Francisco Giants SP $8,762,495
Bill Swift 1993 San Francisco Giants SP $7,272,650
Rod Beck 1992 San Francisco Giants RP $3,715,460
Don Larsen 1963 San Francisco Giants RP $1,375,899
Jean Machi 2013 San Francisco Giants RP $1,548,670
Robb Nen 2000 San Francisco Giants RP $3,306,797
Sergio Romo 2011 San Francisco Giants RP $2,444,230
Fran Healy 1971 San Francisco Giants C $547,712
Buster Posey 2012 San Francisco Giants C $6,647,059
Orlando Cepeda 1961 San Francisco Giants 1B $5,895,623
Will Clark 1987 San Francisco Giants 1B $5,462,365
Willie McCovey 1969 San Francisco Giants 1B $8,215,497
Jeff Kent 2002 San Francisco Giants 2B $6,615,978
Steve Scarsone 1995 San Francisco Giants 3B $1,646,717
Dave Anderson 1990 San Francisco Giants SS $755,990
Omar Vizquel 2005 San Francisco Giants SS $4,868,876
Marvin Benard 2002 San Francisco Giants OF $722,460
Barry Bonds 1993 San Francisco Giants OF $9,249,743
Willie Mays 1962 San Francisco Giants OF $9,394,589
Kevin Mitchell 1989 San Francisco Giants OF $6,891,911
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,848,658
Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians: 1994-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Tom Candiotti 1991 Cleveland Indians SP $3,447,914
Steve Hargan 1970 Cleveland Indians SP $3,927,164
Corey Kluber 2014 Cleveland Indians SP $6,971,612
Cliff Lee 2008 Cleveland Indians SP $6,441,065
Herb Score 1956 Cleveland Indians SP $9,152,190
Sonny Siebert 1966 Cleveland Indians SP $6,276,636
Luis Tiant 1968 Cleveland Indians SP $9,944,786
Rafael Betancourt 2007 Cleveland Indians RP $3,844,956
Carlos Carrasco 2014 Cleveland Indians RP $4,646,313
Jack Harshman 1959 Cleveland Indians RP $2,720,874
Mike Jackson 1998 Cleveland Indians RP $2,471,157
Vicente Romo 1968 Cleveland Indians RP $3,035,865
Victor Martinez 2007 Cleveland Indians C $5,559,978
Eddie Taubensee 2001 Cleveland Indians C $487,495
Jim Thome 2002 Cleveland Indians 1B $6,640,125
Julio Franco 1988 Cleveland Indians 2B $5,009,249
Snuffy Stirnweiss 1951 Cleveland Indians 2B $462,669
Brook Jacoby 1987 Cleveland Indians 3B $5,008,315
Lou Boudreau 1948 Cleveland Indians SS $10,295,613
Dell Alston 1979 Cleveland Indians OF $464,819
Albert Belle 1995 Cleveland Indians OF $8,713,853
Miguel Dilone 1980 Cleveland Indians OF $4,387,671
Alex Escobar 2003 Cleveland Indians OF $598,492
Kenny Lofton 1994 Cleveland Indians OF $9,171,310
Tris Speaker 1923 Cleveland Indians OF $9,885,538
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,565,659
Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners: 1999-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Scott Bankhead 1988 Seattle Mariners SP $3,997,033
Freddy Garcia 2001 Seattle Mariners SP $7,366,599
Erik Hanson 1990 Seattle Mariners SP $6,725,659
Felix Hernandez 2014 Seattle Mariners SP $8,748,308
Hisashi Iwakuma 2013 Seattle Mariners SP $6,597,116
Michael Pineda 2011 Seattle Mariners SP $4,921,619
Jarrod Washburn 2009 Seattle Mariners SP $3,997,826
Norm Charlton 1995 Seattle Mariners RP $2,858,396
Jeff Nelson 1995 Seattle Mariners RP $3,185,515
J.J. Putz 2007 Seattle Mariners RP $3,666,818
Arthur Rhodes 2002 Seattle Mariners RP $3,062,769
Kazuhiro Sasaki 2001 Seattle Mariners RP $2,502,034
Tom Lampkin 1999 Seattle Mariners C $2,529,480
Dan Wilson 1997 Seattle Mariners C $4,187,232
Rich Amaral 1993 Seattle Mariners 2B $2,475,640
Bret Boone 2001 Seattle Mariners 2B $7,479,062
Robinson Cano 2014 Seattle Mariners 2B $6,700,963
Dave Hollins 1996 Seattle Mariners 3B $988,961
Kyle Seager 2014 Seattle Mariners 3B $5,888,757
Alex Rodriguez 2000 Seattle Mariners SS $8,267,616
Edgar Martinez 1995 Seattle Mariners DH $7,718,896
Ken Griffey Jr. 1994 Seattle Mariners OF $8,352,298
Ruppert Jones 1979 Seattle Mariners OF $6,540,428
Ichiro Suzuki 2004 Seattle Mariners OF $8,895,935
Mark Whiten 1996 Seattle Mariners OF $1,419,770
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,074,730
Marlins Park (Miami Marlins: 2012-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Henderson Alvarez 2013 Miami Marlins SP $3,093,661
Kevin Brown 1996 Florida Marlins SP $8,668,105
A.J. Burnett 2004 Florida Marlins SP $3,352,491
Alex Fernandez 1997 Florida Marlins SP $5,734,294
Jose Fernandez 2013 Miami Marlins SP $6,830,574
Livan Hernandez 1997 Florida Marlins SP $2,650,934
Josh Johnson 2010 Florida Marlins SP $6,019,948
Anibal Sanchez 2006 Florida Marlins SP $3,168,290
Dontrelle Willis 2005 Florida Marlins SP $7,888,459
Armando Benitez 2004 Florida Marlins RP $3,180,693
Bryan Harvey 1993 Florida Marlins RP $2,986,398
Rick Helling 1996 Florida Marlins RP $1,280,285
Mike Redmond 1999 Florida Marlins C $2,385,339
Ivan Rodriguez 2003 Florida Marlins C $4,788,456
Wes Helms 2006 Florida Marlins 1B $2,177,710
Derrek Lee 2003 Florida Marlins 1B $4,721,989
Luis Castillo 2000 Florida Marlins 2B $5,231,487
Quilvio Veras 1995 Florida Marlins 2B $4,880,132
Miguel Cabrera 2006 Florida Marlins 3B $6,585,135
Hanley Ramirez 2007 Florida Marlins SS $6,297,493
Edgar Renteria 1996 Florida Marlins SS $4,525,216
Juan Pierre 2003 Florida Marlins OF $6,621,193
Gary Sheffield 1996 Florida Marlins OF $6,972,755
Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Miami Marlins OF $4,717,744
Christian Yelich 2013 Miami Marlins OF $1,915,766
Active Roster Total Salary: $116,674,547
Citi Field (New York Mets: 2009-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Mike Birkbeck 1995 New York Mets SP $978,503
R.A. Dickey 2012 New York Mets SP $6,669,405
Sid Fernandez 1992 New York Mets SP $6,908,783
Dwight Gooden 1985 New York Mets SP $10,603,310
Matt Harvey 2013 New York Mets SP $6,828,561
Bob Ojeda 1988 New York Mets SP $6,303,059
Rick Reed 2001 New York Mets SP $3,909,626
Tom Seaver 1971 New York Mets SP $10,411,385
Skip Lockwood 1976 New York Mets RP $3,259,450
Josias Manzanillo 1994 New York Mets RP $2,191,818
Randy Myers 1988 New York Mets RP $2,324,970
Jesse Orosco 1983 New York Mets RP $4,001,576
Mike Piazza 2000 New York Mets C $5,138,781
John Stearns 1976 New York Mets C $1,510,973
John Olerud 1998 New York Mets 1B $7,050,309
Edgardo Alfonzo 2000 New York Mets 2B $6,557,498
Damion Easley 2007 New York Mets 2B $1,673,131
Howard Johnson 1989 New York Mets 3B $5,387,622
Robin Ventura 1999 New York Mets 3B $6,897,550
David Wright 2007 New York Mets 3B $7,331,547
Alex Cora 2009 New York Mets SS $2,258,755
Lance Johnson 1996 New York Mets OF $6,256,698
Lee Mazzilli 1979 New York Mets OF $7,289,060
Darryl Strawberry 1987 New York Mets OF $5,542,306
Ryan Thompson 1993 New York Mets OF $2,652,355
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,937,031
Nationals Park (Washington Nationals: 2008-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Denis Boucher 1993 Montreal Expos SP $882,861
Gio Gonzalez 2012 Washington Nationals SP $6,683,372
Dennis Martinez 1992 Montreal Expos SP $7,080,069
Pascual Perez 1988 Montreal Expos SP $6,088,503
Steve Rogers 1973 Montreal Expos SP $4,408,092
Stephen Strasburg 2013 Washington Nationals SP $5,326,519
Javier Vazquez 2003 Montreal Expos SP $6,675,115
Jordan Zimmermann 2014 Washington Nationals SP $5,596,933
Tim Burke 1987 Montreal Expos RP $3,910,779
Tyler Clippard 2011 Washington Nationals RP $3,510,246
Chad Cordero 2005 Washington Nationals RP $2,683,846
Mel Rojas 1996 Montreal Expos RP $2,928,203
Gary Carter 1982 Montreal Expos C $6,365,135
Jesus Flores 2009 Washington Nationals C $1,760,956
Mike Lansing 1993 Montreal Expos 3B $3,663,522
Anthony Rendon 2014 Washington Nationals 3B $5,885,517
Ryan Zimmerman 2009 Washington Nationals 3B $6,388,056
Hubie Brooks 1986 Montreal Expos SS $3,517,403
Ian Desmond 2013 Washington Nationals SS $5,644,090
Marquis Grissom 1994 Montreal Expos OF $6,600,387
Vladimir Guerrero 2000 Montreal Expos OF $6,909,841
Nyjer Morgan 2009 Washington Nationals OF $2,255,822
Tim Raines 1987 Montreal Expos OF $6,998,290
Henry Rodriguez 1996 Montreal Expos OF $4,147,468
Rusty Staub 1969 Montreal Expos OF $5,689,297
Active Roster Total Salary: $121,600,322
Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles: 1992-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Mike Boddicker 1983 Baltimore Orioles SP $5,387,571
Mike Cuellar 1969 Baltimore Orioles SP $9,705,053
Dave McNally 1968 Baltimore Orioles SP $9,703,299
Bob Milacki 1988 Baltimore Orioles SP $1,231,122
Jim Palmer 1972 Baltimore Orioles SP $8,471,870
Barney Pelty 1906 St. Louis Browns SP $9,152,131
Steve Stone 1980 Baltimore Orioles SP $5,721,405
Zach Britton 2014 Baltimore Orioles RP $2,836,877
Moe Drabowsky 1967 Baltimore Orioles RP $3,096,493
Dick Hall 1964 Baltimore Orioles RP $3,178,908
Darren O’Day 2014 Baltimore Orioles RP $2,439,239
George Zuverink 1955 Baltimore Orioles RP $2,094,218
Hank Foiles 1961 Baltimore Orioles C $1,690,529
Chris Hoiles 1993 Baltimore Orioles C $5,968,015
Jim Gentile 1961 Baltimore Orioles 1B $6,513,666
Eddie Murray 1983 Baltimore Orioles 1B $6,001,588
Tim Hulett 1994 Baltimore Orioles 2B $1,133,899
Jerry Priddy 1948 St. Louis Browns 2B $5,502,570
Mike Pagliarulo 1993 Baltimore Orioles 3B $1,082,624
Brooks Robinson 1964 Baltimore Orioles 3B $6,847,345
Cal Ripken Jr. 1984 Baltimore Orioles SS $7,842,818
Brady Anderson 1996 Baltimore Orioles OF $8,208,009
Al Bumbry 1980 Baltimore Orioles OF $7,860,581
Tim Raines Jr. 2004 Baltimore Orioles OF $494,872
Frank Robinson 1966 Baltimore Orioles OF $7,772,469
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,937,171
Petco Park (San Diego Padres: 2004-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Randy Jones 1975 San Diego Padres SP $8,356,717
Clay Kirby 1971 San Diego Padres SP $7,327,997
Mat Latos 2010 San Diego Padres SP $5,685,221
Tyson Ross 2014 San Diego Padres SP $5,141,485
Chris Young 2007 San Diego Padres SP $6,046,350
Heath Bell 2007 San Diego Padres RP $4,100,988
Mark Davis 1989 San Diego Padres RP $2,814,355
Luis Deleon 1982 San Diego Padres RP $3,234,711
Luke Gregerson 2010 San Diego Padres RP $3,252,699
Trevor Hoffman 1998 San Diego Padres RP $3,637,960
Lance McCullers 1986 San Diego Padres RP $3,405,807
Cla Meredith 2006 San Diego Padres RP $2,432,483
Josh Bard 2006 San Diego Padres C $2,141,800
Gene Tenace 1979 San Diego Padres C $5,449,226
Adrian Gonzalez 2009 San Diego Padres 1B $6,015,649
Mark Loretta 2004 San Diego Padres 2B $6,960,781
Ken Caminiti 1996 San Diego Padres 3B $7,846,734
Phil Nevin 2001 San Diego Padres 3B $5,292,343
Craig Shipley 1994 San Diego Padres 3B $2,432,139
Tony Fernandez 1991 San Diego Padres SS $5,001,012
Milton Bradley 2007 San Diego Padres OF $1,604,306
Tony Gwynn 1994 San Diego Padres OF $8,003,168
Bip Roberts 1989 San Diego Padres OF $2,796,159
Greg Vaughn 1998 San Diego Padres OF $5,699,341
Dave Winfield 1979 San Diego Padres OF $6,904,660
Active Roster Total Salary: $121,584,091
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies: 2004-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Jim Bunning 1964 Philadelphia Phillies SP $7,847,087
Steve Carlton 1972 Philadelphia Phillies SP $12,959,985
Larry Christenson 1978 Philadelphia Phillies SP $5,876,898
John Denny 1984 Philadelphia Phillies SP $4,769,301
Tommy Greene 1993 Philadelphia Phillies SP $6,120,838
Cole Hamels 2014 Philadelphia Phillies SP $5,593,695
Rheal Cormier 2003 Philadelphia Phillies RP $3,477,414
Aaron Fultz 2005 Philadelphia Phillies RP $2,539,476
Al Holland 1983 Philadelphia Phillies RP $3,231,312
Tug McGraw 1980 Philadelphia Phillies RP $3,587,105
Ron Reed 1976 Philadelphia Phillies RP $4,544,004
Raul Valdes 2012 Philadelphia Phillies RP $1,287,327
Darren Daulton 1993 Philadelphia Phillies C $5,231,281
Mike Lieberthal 1994 Philadelphia Phillies C $435,986
Ryan Howard 2006 Philadelphia Phillies 1B $7,362,479
Luis Aguayo 1982 Philadelphia Phillies 2B $451,371
Ramon Aviles 1979 Philadelphia Phillies 2B $270,377
Chase Utley 2008 Philadelphia Phillies 2B $7,351,839
Mike Schmidt 1981 Philadelphia Phillies 3B $9,077,150
Jimmy Rollins 2007 Philadelphia Phillies SS $7,382,007
Bobby Abreu 1999 Philadelphia Phillies OF $6,403,337
Richie Ashburn 1958 Philadelphia Phillies OF $9,081,835
Josh Devore 1914 Philadelphia Phillies OF $298,543
Lenny Dykstra 1993 Philadelphia Phillies OF $7,900,041
Garry Maddox 1976 Philadelphia Phillies OF $6,488,065
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,568,753
PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates: 2001-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Babe Adams 1919 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $11,925,673
Gerrit Cole 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $2,833,064
Doug Drabek 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $7,244,546
Denny Neagle 1995 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $5,294,630
Rick Rhoden 1986 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $7,988,793
John Smiley 1989 Pittsburgh Pirates SP $5,266,624
Roy Face 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $3,329,270
Jason Grilli 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $1,451,594
Larry McWilliams 1982 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $3,275,227
Mark Melancon 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $2,903,998
Kent Tekulve 1983 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $3,398,892
Tony Watson 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates RP $2,435,203
Jason Kendall 2000 Pittsburgh Pirates C $5,791,492
Jeff King 1996 Pittsburgh Pirates 1B $4,340,007
Bill Madlock 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates 3B $2,672,239
Luis Sojo 2000 Pittsburgh Pirates 3B $915,905
Shawon Dunston 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates SS $1,272,792
Arky Vaughan 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates SS $7,464,452
Honus Wagner 1901 Pittsburgh Pirates SS $8,646,743
Roberto Clemente 1967 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $6,448,637
Ralph Kiner 1947 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $8,432,904
Andrew McCutchen 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $8,398,412
Willie Stargell 1973 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $6,175,725
Paul Waner 1927 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $9,358,523
John Wehner 1995 Pittsburgh Pirates OF $729,536
Active Roster Total Salary: $127,994,881
The Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers: 1994-2003)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Bert Blyleven 1977 Texas Rangers SP $7,094,866
Dick Bosman 1969 Washington Senators SP $6,043,583
Yu Darvish 2013 Texas Rangers SP $6,311,832
Fergie Jenkins 1974 Texas Rangers SP $9,717,762
Jon Matlack 1978 Texas Rangers SP $7,455,020
Nolan Ryan 1989 Texas Rangers SP $8,242,115
Neal Cotts 2013 Texas Rangers RP $2,403,971
Neftali Feliz 2010 Texas Rangers RP $2,707,700
Greg Harris 1985 Texas Rangers RP $4,006,994
Jeff Russell 1989 Texas Rangers RP $2,723,052
John Wetteland 1998 Texas Rangers RP $2,267,470
Jeff Zimmerman 1999 Texas Rangers RP $3,973,291
Jim French 1969 Washington Senators C $1,911,438
Mike Napoli 2011 Texas Rangers C $6,146,244
Mark Teixeira 2005 Texas Rangers 1B $6,580,095
Bump Wills 1977 Texas Rangers 2B $5,693,779
Buddy Bell 1980 Texas Rangers 3B $5,947,929
Royce Clayton 1998 Texas Rangers SS $1,530,124
Michael Young 2006 Texas Rangers SS $7,148,174
Rafael Palmeiro 1999 Texas Rangers DH $7,560,127
Oscar Gamble 1979 Texas Rangers OF $1,777,086
Juan Gonzalez 1998 Texas Rangers OF $5,919,170
Darryl Hamilton 1996 Texas Rangers OF $5,852,955
Josh Hamilton 2010 Texas Rangers OF $7,048,971
Elliott Maddox 1972 Texas Rangers OF $2,571,386
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,635,134
Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays: 1998-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Chris Archer 2013 Tampa Bay Rays SP $3,154,081
Alex Cobb 2014 Tampa Bay Rays SP $4,420,237
Jeremy Hellickson 2011 Tampa Bay Rays SP $4,976,850
Scott Kazmir 2008 Tampa Bay Rays SP $3,622,717
Matt Moore 2013 Tampa Bay Rays SP $3,710,006
Jeff Niemann 2011 Tampa Bay Rays SP $2,862,031
Jake Odorizzi 2014 Tampa Bay Rays SP $3,661,128
David Price 2012 Tampa Bay Rays SP $6,112,630
James Shields 2011 Tampa Bay Rays SP $7,259,100
Grant Balfour 2008 Tampa Bay Rays RP $2,836,397
Joaquin Benoit 2010 Tampa Bay Rays RP $3,049,550
Fernando Rodney 2012 Tampa Bay Rays RP $3,784,806
Mike Difelice 1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays C $2,167,054
Dioner Navarro 2008 Tampa Bay Rays C $3,739,083
Carlos Pena 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1B $5,242,590
Akinori Iwamura 2008 Tampa Bay Rays 2B $5,131,222
Sean Rodriguez 2010 Tampa Bay Rays 2B $1,866,958
Evan Longoria 2009 Tampa Bay Rays 3B $6,054,063
Aaron Ledesma 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays SS $2,894,869
Rocco Baldelli 2003 Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF $5,985,572
Carl Crawford 2010 Tampa Bay Rays OF $6,180,282
Aubrey Huff 2003 Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF $5,382,468
B.J. Upton 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF $5,621,311
Randy Winn 2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays OF $6,946,562
Ben Zobrist 2012 Tampa Bay Rays OF $5,672,902
Active Roster Total Salary: $112,334,469
Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox: 1912-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Dutch Leonard 1914 Boston Red Sox SP $8,905,191
Jim Lonborg 1967 Boston Red Sox SP $6,810,621
Derek Lowe 2002 Boston Red Sox SP $7,631,373
Pedro Martinez 2000 Boston Red Sox SP $11,707,138
Ernie Shore 1916 Boston Red Sox SP $5,758,785
Elmer Steele 1908 Boston Red Sox SP $3,799,703
Scott Atchison 2012 Boston Red Sox RP $1,722,477
Jeff Gray 1991 Boston Red Sox RP $2,390,958
Jonathan Papelbon 2007 Boston Red Sox RP $2,892,357
Dick Radatz 1962 Boston Red Sox RP $4,038,082
Calvin Schiraldi 1986 Boston Red Sox RP $1,624,020
Koji Uehara 2013 Boston Red Sox RP $4,701,441
Gary Allenson 1980 Boston Red Sox C $774,763
Carlton Fisk 1978 Boston Red Sox C $5,173,637
Tony Graffanino 2005 Boston Red Sox 2B $1,326,422
Damian Jackson 2003 Boston Red Sox 2B $767,410
Wade Boggs 1991 Boston Red Sox 3B $5,761,235
Nomar Garciaparra 1998 Boston Red Sox SS $6,303,818
Rico Petrocelli 1969 Boston Red Sox SS $8,115,933
John Valentin 1995 Boston Red Sox SS $7,208,139
David Ortiz 2006 Boston Red Sox DH $5,826,201
Dwayne Hosey 1996 Boston Red Sox OF $544,064
Jim Rice 1978 Boston Red Sox OF $7,375,569
Ted Williams 1946 Boston Red Sox OF $10,382,226
Carl Yastrzemski 1967 Boston Red Sox OF $8,421,979
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,963,542
Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds: 2003-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Johnny Cueto 2014 Cincinnati Reds SP $8,001,486
Danny Jackson 1988 Cincinnati Reds SP $7,798,469
Joe Price 1983 Cincinnati Reds SP $3,683,608
Jose Rijo 1991 Cincinnati Reds SP $6,773,075
Pete Schourek 1995 Cincinnati Reds SP $6,462,217
Mario Soto 1982 Cincinnati Reds SP $8,091,327
Ted Abernathy 1967 Cincinnati Reds RP $4,584,032
Aroldis Chapman 2012 Cincinnati Reds RP $3,576,364
Rob Dibble 1990 Cincinnati Reds RP $4,158,540
Sam LeCure 2011 Cincinnati Reds RP $2,154,603
Joe Nuxhall 1966 Cincinnati Reds RP $2,311,271
Jeff Shaw 1997 Cincinnati Reds RP $3,124,504
Johnny Bench 1970 Cincinnati Reds C $7,167,245
Pat Corrales 1969 Cincinnati Reds C $602,437
Joey Votto 2010 Cincinnati Reds 1B $6,882,719
Bill Doran 1990 Cincinnati Reds 2B $977,405
Joe Morgan 1975 Cincinnati Reds 2B $8,554,511
Ron Oester 1990 Cincinnati Reds 2B $851,981
Tony Perez 1969 Cincinnati Reds 3B $5,494,604
Barry Larkin 1990 Cincinnati Reds SS $6,030,400
Dave Collins 1978 Cincinnati Reds OF $498,419
Eric Davis 1987 Cincinnati Reds OF $7,443,067
George Foster 1977 Cincinnati Reds OF $8,346,867
Vada Pinson 1959 Cincinnati Reds OF $7,663,614
Pete Rose 1969 Cincinnati Reds OF $8,588,956
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,821,721
Coors Field (Colorado Rockies: 1995-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Jhoulys Chacin 2011 Colorado Rockies SP $4,418,705
Shawn Chacon 2003 Colorado Rockies SP $3,105,071
Jorge De La Rosa 2014 Colorado Rockies SP $4,008,923
Jeff Francis 2006 Colorado Rockies SP $4,925,492
Marvin Freeman 1994 Colorado Rockies SP $3,636,977
Jason Jennings 2006 Colorado Rockies SP $4,834,526
Ubaldo Jimenez 2010 Colorado Rockies SP $6,998,104
Kevin Ritz 1995 Colorado Rockies SP $4,332,301
Denny Stark 2002 Colorado Rockies SP $2,421,311
Curt Leskanic 1995 Colorado Rockies RP $3,185,934
Steve Reed 1995 Colorado Rockies RP $3,183,885
Gabe White 2000 Colorado Rockies RP $3,369,955
Jeff Reed 1997 Colorado Rockies C $3,167,401
Wilin Rosario 2012 Colorado Rockies C $3,598,223
Andres Galarraga 1996 Colorado Rockies 1B $6,662,822
Todd Helton 2000 Colorado Rockies 1B $10,186,482
Clint Barmes 2009 Colorado Rockies 2B $4,595,782
Eric Young 1996 Colorado Rockies 2B $6,483,174
Vinny Castilla 1996 Colorado Rockies 3B $6,587,899
Troy Tulowitzki 2010 Colorado Rockies SS $6,997,541
Ellis Burks 1996 Colorado Rockies OF $7,659,863
Dexter Fowler 2011 Colorado Rockies OF $4,331,434
Matt Holliday 2007 Colorado Rockies OF $7,401,229
Willy Taveras 2007 Colorado Rockies OF $3,391,075
Larry Walker 1997 Colorado Rockies OF $9,369,991
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,854,100
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals: 1994-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
David Cone 1994 Kansas City Royals SP $7,970,317
Danny Duffy 2014 Kansas City Royals SP $4,147,980
Zack Greinke 2009 Kansas City Royals SP $7,969,016
Roger Nelson 1972 Kansas City Royals SP $6,203,352
Bret Saberhagen 1989 Kansas City Royals SP $9,322,352
Yordano Ventura 2014 Kansas City Royals SP $4,243,556
Wade Davis 2014 Kansas City Royals RP $3,849,404
Steve Farr 1990 Kansas City Royals RP $3,751,889
Luke Hochevar 2013 Kansas City Royals RP $2,808,360
Greg Holland 2013 Kansas City Royals RP $3,129,203
Dan Quisenberry 1983 Kansas City Royals RP $4,811,864
Joakim Soria 2008 Kansas City Royals RP $2,753,211
Mike Macfarlane 1993 Kansas City Royals C $4,184,211
Salvador Perez 2012 Kansas City Royals C $3,026,969
Mike Aviles 2010 Kansas City Royals 2B $3,335,952
Alberto Callaspo 2008 Kansas City Royals 2B $1,385,914
Frank White 1983 Kansas City Royals 2B $4,917,308
George Brett 1980 Kansas City Royals 3B $9,306,245
Rey Sanchez 1999 Kansas City Royals SS $4,626,175
Carlos Beltran 2003 Kansas City Royals OF $6,498,656
Johnny Damon 2000 Kansas City Royals OF $7,026,298
Alex Gordon 2011 Kansas City Royals OF $6,627,016
Bo Jackson 1990 Kansas City Royals OF $3,267,485
Amos Otis 1978 Kansas City Royals OF $6,761,798
Willie Wilson 1982 Kansas City Royals OF $6,312,790
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,237,321
Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers: 2000-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Mark Fidrych 1976 Detroit Tigers SP $6,880,307
Doug Fister 2011 Detroit Tigers SP $2,722,399
Denny McLain 1968 Detroit Tigers SP $10,804,461
Don Mossi 1963 Detroit Tigers SP $2,825,236
Dan Petry 1985 Detroit Tigers SP $6,437,941
Max Scherzer 2013 Detroit Tigers SP $7,591,382
Justin Verlander 2011 Detroit Tigers SP $9,216,382
George Winter 1908 Detroit Tigers SP $1,627,912
Doug Brocail 1999 Detroit Tigers RP $2,810,255
Willie Hernandez 1985 Detroit Tigers RP $3,622,578
John Hiller 1973 Detroit Tigers RP $4,586,649
Kevin Saucier 1981 Detroit Tigers RP $2,805,435
Mickey Cochrane 1937 Detroit Tigers C $1,550,906
Lance Parrish 1982 Detroit Tigers C $5,357,697
Cecil Fielder 1990 Detroit Tigers 1B $5,636,381
Hank Greenberg 1938 Detroit Tigers 1B $8,442,480
Lou Whitaker 1982 Detroit Tigers 2B $5,532,591
Ray Boone 1954 Detroit Tigers 3B $5,935,570
Ira Flagstead 1921 Detroit Tigers SS $1,681,745
Alan Trammell 1987 Detroit Tigers SS $6,864,564
Ty Cobb 1921 Detroit Tigers OF $8,250,744
Rocky Colavito 1961 Detroit Tigers OF $6,714,766
Al Kaline 1959 Detroit Tigers OF $7,772,042
Dwayne Murphy 1988 Detroit Tigers OF $1,504,258
Champ Summers 1979 Detroit Tigers OF $2,676,553
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,851,234
Target Field (Minnesota Twins: 2010-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Walter Johnson 1908 Washington Senators SP $9,880,878
Jim Kaat 1966 Minnesota Twins SP $8,309,272
Francisco Liriano 2006 Minnesota Twins SP $4,414,576
Jim Merritt 1967 Minnesota Twins SP $6,365,275
Johan Santana 2004 Minnesota Twins SP $8,818,377
Kevin Tapani 1991 Minnesota Twins SP $6,396,870
Rick Aguilera 1991 Minnesota Twins RP $2,478,759
Bill Dailey 1963 Minnesota Twins RP $3,658,534
Tom Hall 1970 Minnesota Twins RP $5,712,453
Joe Nathan 2006 Minnesota Twins RP $3,906,519
Glen Perkins 2013 Minnesota Twins RP $2,174,782
Juan Rincon 2004 Minnesota Twins RP $3,285,077
Joe Mauer 2006 Minnesota Twins C $6,584,624
Josmil Pinto 2013 Minnesota Twins C $1,867,382
Justin Morneau 2006 Minnesota Twins 1B $5,354,582
Chuck Knoblauch 1996 Minnesota Twins 2B $6,949,218
Harmon Killebrew 1969 Minnesota Twins 3B $6,323,509
Buddy Lewis 1939 Washington Senators 3B $5,574,993
Roy Smalley 1979 Minnesota Twins SS $6,045,273
Ron Washington 1985 Minnesota Twins SS $760,368
Lyman Bostock 1977 Minnesota Twins OF $6,804,265
Jerald Clark 1995 Minnesota Twins OF $1,222,740
Jim Eisenreich 1982 Minnesota Twins OF $786,345
Kirby Puckett 1988 Minnesota Twins OF $8,807,559
Cesar Tovar 1970 Minnesota Twins OF $6,357,840
Active Roster Total Salary: $128,840,070
Comiskey Park (II) (Chicago White Sox: 1991-2002)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Cisco Carlos 1967 Chicago White Sox SP $1,938,932
Joe Horlen 1964 Chicago White Sox SP $7,931,490
La Marr Hoyt 1983 Chicago White Sox SP $7,354,479
Chris Sale 2014 Chicago White Sox SP $5,826,040
Ed Walsh 1909 Chicago White Sox SP $9,470,098
Doc White 1906 Chicago White Sox SP $7,901,159
Eddie Fisher 1964 Chicago White Sox RP $4,021,118
Keith Foulke 1999 Chicago White Sox RP $4,616,924
Roberto Hernandez 1992 Chicago White Sox RP $2,720,185
Don McMahon 1967 Chicago White Sox RP $3,314,466
Bobby Thigpen 1990 Chicago White Sox RP $2,958,644
Hoyt Wilhelm 1965 Chicago White Sox RP $5,649,522
Charles Johnson 2000 Chicago White Sox C $1,994,342
Sherm Lollar 1958 Chicago White Sox C $4,120,005
Jose Abreu 2014 Chicago White Sox 1B $6,466,130
Ron Kittle 1989 Chicago White Sox 1B $1,425,364
Frank Thomas 1994 Chicago White Sox 1B $10,309,137
Nellie Fox 1957 Chicago White Sox 2B $8,074,267
Bill Melton 1971 Chicago White Sox 3B $6,107,473
Luis Aparicio 1969 Chicago White Sox SS $5,805,855
Norberto Martin 1996 Chicago White Sox SS $992,013
Alejandro De Aza 2011 Chicago White Sox OF $1,678,387
Jermaine Dye 2006 Chicago White Sox OF $5,851,721
Chet Lemon 1979 Chicago White Sox OF $5,942,835
Minnie Minoso 1954 Chicago White Sox OF $7,288,821
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,759,407
Yankee Stadium (III) (New York Yankees: 2009-2014)
Name Season Franchise Pos Salary
Whitey Ford 1958 New York Yankees SP $7,201,400
Ron Guidry 1978 New York Yankees SP $10,616,274
Orlando Hernandez 2002 New York Yankees SP $3,774,489
Mike Mussina 2008 New York Yankees SP $4,517,763
Andy Pettitte 1997 New York Yankees SP $7,379,519
Masahiro Tanaka 2014 New York Yankees SP $3,504,085
Bob Turley 1958 New York Yankees SP $6,459,713
Dellin Betances 2014 New York Yankees RP $4,538,435
Rich Gossage 1981 New York Yankees RP $3,396,773
Graeme Lloyd 1998 New York Yankees RP $1,406,484
Lindy McDaniel 1968 New York Yankees RP $1,790,146
Mariano Rivera 2008 New York Yankees RP $3,784,493
Mike Heath 1978 New York Yankees C $261,722
Jorge Posada 2000 New York Yankees C $5,801,045
Lou Gehrig 1936 New York Yankees 1B $10,061,688
Homer Bush 1998 New York Yankees 2B $709,912
Willie Randolph 1980 New York Yankees 2B $5,272,863
Scott Brosius 1998 New York Yankees 3B $4,639,883
Derek Jeter 1997 New York Yankees SS $5,618,731
Clayton Bellinger 2001 New York Yankees OF $386,068
Joe Dimaggio 1941 New York Yankees OF $9,693,715
Mickey Mantle 1961 New York Yankees OF $9,968,443
Roger Maris 1961 New York Yankees OF $5,893,954
Babe Ruth 1927 New York Yankees OF $12,685,460
Claudell Washington 1990 New York Yankees OF $317,699
Active Roster Total Salary: $129,680,757
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