Phillies at the Top in Payroll

USA Today released its annual Major League Baseball payroll database, which says the Phillies have the seventh highest payroll in baseball at a little more than $113 million.

$113 million?

We estimated yesterday that the Phillies’ payroll is more than $132 million. That is quite a difference, but USA Today only includes the 25 players on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, plus J.C. Romero and Mike Zagurski. It does not include the salaries for Adam Eaton ($9.15 million), Geoff Jenkins ($8 million) and Jim Thome ($3 million) — salaries the Phillies are responsible for and consider part of their payroll.

So push that payroll to more than $132 million and the Phillies rank fourth in baseball behind the New York Yankees ($201.4 million), New York Mets ($149.3 million) and Chicago Cubs ($134.8 million). But remember other payrolls might be a little different, too. The Detroit Tigers, for example, are listed as having a $115 million payroll, but that doesn’t include the $14 million they’re paying Gary Sheffield.

So where should the Phillies be ranked? Let’s just say somewhere near the top. And what makes that even more interesting is that the newspaper reports that 14 of 30 teams this season have reduced payroll compared to last season. But because the Phillies won the World Series, they have been insulated from the recession and boosted payroll more than 25 percent.

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The Phillies replaced the carpet in the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park after last season because it was five years old and needed to be replaced. (Can’t imagine it was easy getting the champagne smell out, either.) So what are they doing with the old carpet? They’re cutting them up and turning them into doormats. MLB authenticated the carpet, so fans will be able to buy the carpet in front of Chase Utley‘s locker or Ryan Howard‘s locker, etc.

And who knows? Maybe somebody in Japan will pay big bucks for the carpet in front of So Taguchi‘s locker.

The carpet could be available later this month, selling for around $250.

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16 Comments

jeez, these guys will market anything. Do the Phils have an official pudding sponser yet??

This reminds me of a guy I knew 20 years ago or so. He was sitting it the touristy part of Jerusalem with bags of Dog dung in little bags. A sign nearby said, “$1 for your special bag of “Holy Sh*T”. He made a decent income that night. I haven’t stopped laughing yet at what people will buy….

Can I buy Phillie’s air in a bottle as well?

Should be a steep discount for the Eaton, Garcia, Barajas, Fasano carpet. And maybe A.I.G. and GM should get USA Today to do their books. How do you NOT include salary due players not on roster or deferred payments that are under contract?

Jimmy, Its the new bookkeeping system. The one that got the ecconomy in the mess its in now. You only admit to the expences you want to while writing off all those anoying bad moves you made which cost your firm millions of dollars….

Jimmy, its the new book keeping system used by the US goverment. You know, the one that got us into this ecconomic mess whereby you only admit to those expences you like while ignoring and writing off the embarressing ones that only lost money.

I’d like to see figures on the real amounts, the ones including all the bad moves teams made and the salaries they’re eating this year

sorry for the double post, had ‘puter issues

Hey, this might surprise severybody, but…..I’d buy a piece of Chase’s carpet! If I had an extra $250 laying around. LOL!

I’ve been in the clubhouse, and know how really big it is. But I wonder how many door mats they can actually get out of it. And will it be first come, first served? Just something to ponder.

Hey Norma, was that you that Michael Barkann referred to on last night’s DNL? Said he received an email from Norma L about being chosen for the red carpet at the Opener. We can say we knew you when :-)

Hope Jamie and company bring a “W” tonight.

Todd, on your tag cloud, can you please remove “E”, Sheffeld, Jenkins, and the rest of the former or never Phils?

Let’s go Phillies, We need a W today

Karen…..I’m guessing that WAS me that Michael Barkann mentioned!!! I had told him that I was going to stop by the DNL booth on opening night, and say Hi. We’ve met briefly a couple of times. When I couldn’t make it, because of being on the field, I let him know what happened. Can’t believe he mentioned it last night! What a riot!!! That’s my second “shout-out” on TV. I once got a shout out on the Today Show. Long story!

Karen…..I’m guessing that WAS me that Michael Barkann mentioned!!! I had told him that I was going to stop by the DNL booth on opening night, and say Hi. We’ve met briefly a couple of times. When I couldn’t make it, because of being on the field, I let him know what happened. Can’t believe he mentioned it last night! What a riot!!! That’s my second “shout-out” on TV. I once got a shout out on the Today Show. Long story!

Sorry about the multiple posts the last couple of days. Not sure what’s up with the blog.

Must admit I got a chuckle out of CC Sabathia’s debut with the Yankees. Especially since they got beat by the lowly Orioles! Thought he looked awful (and fatter) not much control over his pitches from the little bit I saw on ESPN this a.m.

A number of ‘aces’ got banged around pretty good yesterday. Too bad Lowe wasn’t one of them. I said it in November and I”ll say it now, the guy should be in red pinstripes.

Not sure how many batters CC faced before he was pulled in the 5th. But I heard he had NO strike-outs. That’s pretty bad. Oh well. It takes time to adjust to a new team. That’s what they say. Whoever the heck “they” is.

A lot of ‘aces’ got banged around pretty good yesterday, karen. Too bad one of them wasn’t Lowe or Santana.

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