Lists on which you don’t want to be

This is a list of the pitchers with the top 10 strikeout rates among starters 22 or younger with at least 50 innings pitched. See Washington National’s phenom Stephen Strasburg on there at number 2?

1 Kerry Wood
2 Stephen Strasburg
3 Dwight Gooden
4 Mark Prior
5 Oliver Perez
6 Sam McDowell
7 Mark Prior
8 Scott Kazmir
9 Oliver Perez
10 Rick Ankiel

Thanks, Jonah

Lists on which you don’t want to be

The Economics of Minor League Baseball

Basically, unless you’re drafted in one of the fist several rounds, you don’t make very much money. Depending on the state, most players make less than minimum wage, and that’s only during the 4.5 months they’re actually paid. Not very glamorous at all. Really interesting read.

But the biggest difference may very well be the money. The minimum annual salary in Major League Baseball currently sits at $400,000. Meanwhile, most players at the minor league level who haven’t reached minor league free agency are lucky to make $10,000 over the course of a season; a survey of players revealed that those in rookie ball make $1,250-1,300 a month while players in Triple-A, the highest level of the minors, can make roughly $1,000 more per month while under the contracted amount.

(Thanks, Jonah and Andy)

The Economics of Minor League Baseball

2010 World Cup Team Nicknames

Here’s an explanation of the 2010 World Cup team nicknames. My favorites:

Denmark – Danish Dynamite, Olsen-Banden (The Olsen Gang), Olsen’s Elleve (Olsen’s Eleven)
Why: The brilliant Denmark team of the 1980s was called Danish Dynamite, while the current are nicknamed after coach Morten Olsen. Sounds like a short term strategy for a nickname, but Olsen has been in charge since the year 2000. Plus Olsen’s Eleven is a world class pun.

England – The Three Lions
Why: There are three lions on the Football Association crest, in reference to the total number of lions ever spotted in England. Or because of the English coat of arms.

Thanks, Andy.

2010 World Cup Team Nicknames