Orioles in Clearwater Today

I’m not at the ballpark today, but Paul Hagen is covering the team, so we’re in excellent shape.

Joe Blanton starts this afternoon’s game against the Orioles at Bright House Field. Scott Elarton follows him.

Elarton is an interesting story. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2008, but after a chance meeting with Ruben Amaro Jr. at Coors Field is trying to make a comeback.

Read the story here.


Jim Salisbury and I are signing copies of The Rotation before the March 19 game against the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. I’ll pass along the exact time when I have it. So far we’ve received tremendous response about it.So if you’re in Clearwater and attending that afternoon’s game, stop by, sell hello and pick up a copy!

Of course, if you’re not at that game, the book is available at the Bright House Field team store.


Here’s today’s lineup against Baltimore:

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Shane Victorino, CF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Hunter Pence, RF
  6. Ty Wigginton, 1B
  7. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  8. Freddy Galvis, 2B
  9. Tuffy Gosewich, C


Scott Elarton made $10.73 million for parts of 11 seasons from the ages of 22 to 32. The average American no doubt would conclude that he should be able to live comfortably for the rest of his life. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to read of him stating the same. His MLB profile lists him at 6’7′ tall and weighing 240 pounds. Todd reports that he has been nearly 300 lbs. and as having recently lost 70 lbs. putting him at about 230 lbs. and that his career has been hampered a stress fracture of the foot. I guess Elarton connected the dots between weight and musculus-skeletal stress. Better late than never especially if it benefits the Phillies.

And $8 million of it was from the Royals, who must have seen something in the guy. What they got for their money was 6-13 with a 7-something ERA. The big difference, of course, is that those of us who work for a living have no such guaranteed contracts. We have to produce in order to reap the rewards.
That’s the primary disconnect between baseball players and the rest of society.
I also get the idea that their lifestyle is as competitive as their game. God forbid you live in a modest home and drive a Ford Fusion.

Elarton doesn’t appear to have that problem, as he still has his money and is just doing it for the love of the game and to prove that he can still do it. He acquitted himself nicely today. Gave up a HR to the first batter but then retired the next 12 batters, with only one ball out of the infield. The Phillies have to like what they are seeing and guys like Qualls should be looking over their shoulder.

Yes, he peaked with KC and most of his career income was obtained in 2 years but still on average his earning have probably been below league average during the course of his career. I believe league average was up to $1.2 million last season or 2010.

In a perfect world, phan52, yes – guys like Qualls should be “looking over their shoulder,” but in the imperfect world of Major League Baseball, guys named Qualls are being paid $1.1 million, so there is no need for them to look over their shoulder at non-roster invitees like Elarton, who was signed to a minor league deal.
That’s exactly my point about the real-world productivity disconnect with baseball.

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