Okay, so we’re all aware of Carlos Quentin charging Zack Greinke, which resulted in a broken collarbone for the righty, which in turn resulted in a DL stint. In the aftermath of the fracas, my question is this:
If you didn’t mean to do it, then why don’t you just run away?
The obvious answer is “to be a man” or to “fight for the sake of the pitcher’s dignity”, but how much are those entities supposed to be valued at? Zack Greinke may very well be an exception since he suffers from social anxiety and we might actually find him on suicide watch if he loses his dignity. But let’s look at it differently for a change – given that Magic Johnson and Company have placed Zack’s value at $147 million over the next six years, we’re guessing that much of that value is based on not only his run-preventing ability, but his ability to stay on the field as well. Greinke’s averaged 202 IP and 31 starts per season since he entered the league – that’s including his brief departure accredited to his anxiety issues!
This means the Dodgers probably plan on paying Greinke just over $790,000 per start…After the injury occurred, Greinke was initially supposed to miss 8 weeks, bringing the amount paid to Greinke per start to $840,000…
I know $50,000 doesn’t seem like a big difference when we’re talking about sports in America, but considering that it’s happening every 5 days, hopefully some of you can visualize how big of an increase this really is. Luckily for the Dodgers, if everything goes to plan with the rod they shoved in his neck, Greinke could miss as little as 5 starts, so the cost to the Dodgers could be about $812,000 per start.
[BTW, the guy in the video (Masanori Ishikawa), had the right idea]
The example I’m using doesn’t really provide the most vivid picture for people who are used to the inflated salaries of professional athletes but consider this – A pitcher making the same amount of starts as Greinke is expected to make (31), while earning the average MLB salary will make about $111,000 per start in 2013…a rookie making 31 starts will make $16,000 per start in 2013. That’s a 631% increase for the average pitcher, and a 4975% increase for rookies. Imagine how much a 631% increase would mean to you…4975%? There you go.
So best case scenario, Carlos Quentin cost the Dodgers $110,000 total…or $3.4 million to the average pitcher…or $3.9 million to a rookie pitcher.