June 26, 2011
It's no coincidence the two managers to resign in midseason, Jim Riggleman and Edwin Rodriguez, were the two lowest-paid in the majors. Riggleman, in his third season with the Nationals and 12th as a manager, was earning $600,000, according to sources. That's more than $200,000 less than Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Riggleman may wish he had handled his situation differently, but you can see why he said he never felt "respected.'' … The group of pre-1980 players who were awarded pensions in a deal MLB and the players union announced April 21 still hasn't received any money. An MLB spokesman described the delay as a question of "legal/logical'' issues. Come on, these guys aren't getting younger. … Tickets for the Rays' visit to Yankee Stadium on July 7-10 are becoming a hot property. That's when insiders calculate that Derek Jeter will be back on the field and in position to get his 3,000th hit. … Bryce Harper, 18, will headline the Futures Game on July 10 in Phoenix, but he won't be the youngest player in the event. Jose Tabata, Angel Villalona and Wilmer Flores played as 17-year-olds. … Mariners fans are getting 84 home games this year, as this weekend's interleague series against the Marlins was moved to Seattle to accommodate a series of U2 concerts at Sun Life Stadium. The Marlins signed off because they will make more money playing in Seattle than they would have at their dreadful home park, which goes off the grid at the end of 2011.
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