After he became the oldest player to ever win a game the other night, Jamie Moyer said “I kind of wish I was a baseball historian.” Well, his wish is the Hall of Fame’s command:
To that end, the Hall of Fame has offered Moyer the opportunity of a lifetime, to study in Cooperstown as part of the Museum’s Steele Internship Program, should he ever retire from the major leagues … Moyer will be eligible to join the Hall of Fame’s internship program following his retirement from the game.
The 2012 class of Frank and Peggy Steele interns, featuring 15 students from all across the country chosen from more than 500 applicants, will report to Cooperstown on May 29 to begin a comprehensive 10-week study, ranging from library and collections management to public programming and baseball research. The application deadline for each year’s class of Steele interns falls at the end of January.
I love the “should he ever retire from the major leagues” part. I mean, it’s a meritocracy, right? And he’s pitching better than Tim Lincecum right now.
(thanks to Jonny5 for the heads up)
Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.
The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.
Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.
While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.
Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?