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Jeremy Affeldt: honest man

May 15, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Back in 2010 Jeremy Affeldt negotiated a deal with the Giants in which he was to be paid $4 million that year. Someone mistakenly wrote in $4.5 million in the paperwork and, according to everyone involved, including Giants officials, Affeldt was totally within his legal rights to keep it. Who turns down a free-and-clear half a million bucks?

Affeldt does. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle relays what happened with all of that as told by Affeldt in his latest book. I would hope we’d all feel the way Affeldt did in that situation. Not sure we all would, though.

  1. Innocent Bystander - May 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Maybe he doesn’t get the book deal without a good story like this. See, it all works out in the end. Good for him.

  2. chacochicken - May 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Nothing quite so admirable or terrifying as a truly honest man. I would guess that, in not taking the extra 500K, he may have spared someone’s job as well.

  3. alexo0 - May 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Umpire: “Strike!”

    Affeldt: “I missed my spot and left it a little low. If you could, please change your call to a ball.”

    • Old Gator - May 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Dammit, you beat me to it.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Angel Hernandez (and many others) would immediately eject him for arguing balls and strikes.

  4. missthemexpos - May 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Now all we need is for some players that sign huge contracts and then proceed to play like crap to return some of the money at year end and tell ownership that they were overpaid.

    • kyzslew77 - May 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Yeah, those poor owners are barely squeaking by! They need every dime they can get.

    • Liam - May 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Right after the Angels send Mike Trout a twenty-five million dollar bonus check for underpaying him last season.

  5. xpensivewinos - May 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    “The most endangered species, the honest man.”

    See Craig, Rush ain’t all bad……… :)

  6. randygnyc - May 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I respect integrity and honesty above all.

  7. tellyspop - May 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    “If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.”
    Oscar Wilde

    • indaburg - May 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Ah, but Wilde also said that the truth is rarely purely and never simple. In Affeldt’s case, he was wrong. (I’m a big Wilde fan girl.)

      • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        I have the complete (I think) collection of Wilde plays on audio…he was one hilarious mo fo…and a simply elegant writer.

      • tommyshih - May 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Girl Gone Wilde?

      • indaburg - May 15, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        So to speak. More like Wilde thing, you make my heart sing.

      • tommyshih - May 16, 2013 at 5:37 AM

        Groovy.

  8. dondada10 - May 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    The Giants should take about half a mil and donate it to charity in Affeldt’s name.

  9. clarenceoveur - May 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Way more honorable than the Muppets when they fleeced Milton Berle for that $12.95 car

  10. codyodea - May 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Scale that down to normal, average income levels and he essentially gave back $100. Still an honest and admirable move, one made much easier when you have another $10 million to fall back on.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      1/9th of your annual salary is $100?

      • tuberippin - May 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        No one ever said goat farming was a lucrative business. But damnit, he does it for the love of the goat.

  11. pdowdy83 - May 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    The average salary in 2010 was roughly $47,000. 1/9 of that is $5,222. Quite different than $100.

    To a a major league reliever, or a lot of other major leaguers, $500,000 is a siginificant amount of money any way you slice it.

  12. codyodea - May 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    You guys are right. I didn’t do the math, I just estimated (very incorrectly). You guys are good.

    • paperlions - May 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Well, we didn’t know…you could be one of those poor guys that works on the tomato farms in FL.

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