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November 6, 2007

The Six Million Dollar Man

Filed under: Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, humor, pitchers, They'll Do It Every Time — Cidu Bill @ 10:12 am



  1. Well, I only read this strip when it’s snarked by the Comics Curmudgeon, but I believe the consensus over there is that this strip is mired in the fifties anyhow. Heck, just look at the art style most days…

    Comment by Rob in Japan — November 6, 2007 @ 11:29 am

  2. I live in Boston, where the World Series winning Red Sox, with the second highest payroll in the league, have a pitching staff that earns an average annual salary comfortably less than $6M.

    (some of the top pitchers have future bonuses that will add $1-2M to their 2007 pay)
    2007 Red Sox Pitchers:
    Daisuke Matsuzaka $6M
    Josh Beckett $6M
    Tim Wakefield $4M
    Julian Tavarez $3.1M
    Mike Timlin $2.8M
    Brendan Donnelly $1.4M
    Hideki Okajima $1.2M
    Craig Hansen $0.7M
    Kyle Snyder $0.533M
    Bryan Corey $0.45M
    Jonathan Papelbon $0.4255M
    Javier Lopez $0.4025M
    Craig Breslow $0.4M
    Jon Lester $0.384M

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 6, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

  3. He’s a curmudgeon griping about today’s players compared to the players in his day. He started this gripe 20 years ago and chose $6M as an exaggerated salary. It’s an old-timey gripe, so he hasn’t kept it up-to-date.

    Comment by DPWally — November 6, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

  4. Six million a year isn’t that far from the league average for pitchers. Some of the big stars get a lot more, but most pitchers earn less.

    Comment by Charlene — November 7, 2007 @ 5:15 am

  5. What the curmudgeon in the strip is forgetting is that the batter is *also* making $6 million a year, and for that kind of money he *should* be hitting a home run every time…. leading to the old immovable object/irresistible force dilemma.

    Comment by Powers — November 7, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  6. Powers, excellent!

    (I forgot Curt Schilling (2007 $13M+ pitcher).)

    However, Manny Ramirez, a designated hitter, got $18M+ in 2007.

    5 other players made more than the next pitcher after Schilling (who was also below a few).

    And thinking about this Frazz story line:
    Ramirez, by the way, became momentarily notorious in the 2007 playoffs for exemplifying the attitude Frazz instilled in his student team, when this top paid player said that failing to come back from 3-1 to beat Cleveland in the ALCS wouldn’t be “the end of the world”.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 7, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

  7. Normally, Manny plays left field; Ortiz is DH. And Papelbon is getting less then half a mil? Good gravy. (Maybe he has those incentives you mention, though.)

    Comment by DonBoy — November 9, 2007 @ 1:30 pm

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