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Dancing in September: MLB call-ups are worth $63,421

Aug 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Starting tomorrow teams will call up minor leaguers in bunches as the big-league roster expands from 25 to 40 players for September.

While reaching the big leagues is the main attraction for most of the call-ups, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York points out another benefit: Four weeks in the majors is worth $63,421 in salary, which is about what a typical Triple-A player makes in a season.

Sure, some of the call-ups will be top-ranked prospects who already secured six- and seven-figure signing bonuses and have long futures earning big bucks in the majors, but for a lot of these guys the call-up essentially doubling their salary for the year is a pretty big deal.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    So if the Royals fill out there roster with guys making $63,421 for the month, that million dollars will add about 3% onto their total payroll for the year. Do they fill it up or go cheap and bring up like only 6 or 7 guys?

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

      The Royals are already fielding a AAA team. The bump in salary has already been accounted for.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        Here’s a nugget I read the other day. The Royals spent $20 Million on this years draft class. Or 2/3 of what they spent on the MLB roster.

    • gogigantos - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      when this becomes Halleluiah Bugger The phightins, I may start reading the comments again,, til then you thin skinned mo fo’s,, chill and enjoy your run, may it end in the nlds, just for you all,, do love your team,, not you guys one bit

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    “Four weeks in the majors is worth $63,421 in salary”

    That’s more than most people make in a year, and these callups are mostly minor league chumps. Thanks, Aaron, for making me feel better today about myself.

    • nategearhart - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      If you don’t like it, quit watching all those Phils games. They’re just getting a meager cut of the revenue.
      Also, I’m sure those “chumps” are better at baseball than you. :)

      • sportsdrenched.com - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:23 PM

        Good point nate. Ever stood in against even a mid-level community college pitcher? It’s not as easy as it looks.

        Even guys in rookie ball can school most of us working stiffs at baseball.

    • firedude7160 - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      Yeah, it’s depressing that they will make $30k more for that month than I do in a year.

    • gogigantos - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      chumps living a dream,, chumps hitting fielding and pitching on Major League fields in Big League ballparks, chumps you say,,,, making chump change many of us never dream of,, chumps,,,,,,,, little t,,,, is a chump

  3. yankeesfanlen - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Strange……..$63,421 was what each member of EW&F made during their recording career.

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      Adding water would have doubled their volume.

  4. genericcommenter - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    I could be wrong, but I also believe it guarantees a higher minor league salary for NEXT season as well. There is some kind of rule about not being able to make less next season. I read about it in an article about an old career minor leaguer who had several short stints in the majors.

  5. sportsdrenched.com - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Not to mention the increase in hotels, chartered flights, groupies, and per diem.

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