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Who Gives Up $12 Million? A Conflicted Baseball Player
Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:16 PM
"The guaranteed contract is a fundamental principle of Major League Baseball, as much a part of the game as balls, strikes and outs. No matter how a player performs, or how his body holds up, he must be paid in full. Only in rare cases — an injury sustained off the field, gross personal misconduct — does a player forfeit his paycheck.
But the case of Gil Meche is rare for an entirely different reason. Meche, a 32-year-old right-handed pitcher, had a contract that called for a $12 million salary in 2011. Yet he will not report to Surprise, Ariz., with the rest of the Kansas City Royals for spring training next month. He will not have surgery to repair his chronically aching right shoulder. He will not pitch in relief, where the workload is lighter.
Meche retired last week, which means he will not be paid at all.
“When I signed my contract, my main goal was to earn it,” Meche said this week [...]" [more]
Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:29 PM
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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:11 PM
I would love to see the Royals show the same good spirit and class as Meche and donate that $12 million to a the charity of his choice.
Edited by fluffybear, 26 January 2011 - 06:20 PM.
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