Incentive. 53 comments


“Hello, this is the commissioner’s office. We would like you to participate in the Home Run Derby.”

“Thanks, but no thanks. I already have too much on my plate.”

“It takes only about two hours.”

“Well, it’s not that. It will mess up my swing.”

“But we think you would be perfect for it.”

“Yeah, but I really want to concentrate on the second half of the season. My team needs me.”

“Yes, but a national audience is watching. Think of what this could do for your image.”

“It’s not that. I just don’t want to go into the second half of the season tired.”

“That’s why we have two off days after the All-Star Game.”

“Well, not just that, but I don’t want to fall victim to the Home Run Derby curse.”

“That’s not a real thing.”

“Even so, I’d rather spend time with my family.”

“Oh, did we tell you, the winner gets a million dollars now.”

“I’m in.”

  • CrazyEd

    That’s a huge chunk of dinero even after you consider how much the governments cut will be. On the surface it seems a bit on the smarmy side but if you think about it most of us have participated in “incentive” plans. Admittedly for much lesser sums, but the principle is the same. The military is huge on such plans. At one time or another I’ve drawn “combat pay,” “seperation allowance,” “Sea Pay,” “Proficiency Pay.” plus a host of other more minor “pays.” In addition, all pay was tax free in a war zone, etc. The government would not give that extra pay unless the felt it would act as an enticement to get you to do what you normally wouldn’t if you could avoid it. The same applied after I worked in the civilian world. The company paid monetary bonuses as well as awarded stock options. Neither was out of the goodness of their heart. So, bribing players to participate is not unusual, the dollar amount is, but baseball thinks that’s what it will take to get players to participate. They have obviously been experiencing a problem getting players to commit to the contest.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Yep. You’d think a bunch of testosterone laden young guys would be thrilled to go one on one in a contest like this just for bragging rights. But evidently today everything’s “about the Benjamins” as one of our Congress persons recently opined on another subject.

  • CrazyEd

    I slipped up, yesterday was PI day and I completely forgot. I’m no mathematician, but I’ve got enough of a background in electronics to know that without PI modern electronics would be virtually impossible. I’m sure the same applies to any other field of engineering. It’s probably even prominent in baseball analytics. So here’s to PI.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-JAx3nUwms

    • dearmidol

      Pi Day. Will it ever end?

      • Nate Whitten

        Let’s hope not. This incredible number has baffled and aided people for millennia. Euler’s equation ties together in an unfathomable manner, the 5 most important numbers. I’ll see if I can type it the way it should look and post it for you. I can tell that you will be very, very excited.

        • dearmidol

          Yeah, I’ve always been a math nerd. My oldest daughter got a math degree from Auburn.

          • calntom

            Middle son teaches HS Math after degree from UT

          • Nate Whitten

            BS in Math from UT!! That is a very demanding school. Kudos to him. I was set to go there in the fall of ’76. Life has its twists and turns. I did not want to live in dorm, which was required for freshmen back the. My big brother was at SFA. They would allow frosh to live with relatives, so at the last possible moment, I changed to SFA. Regrets? You bet. I did like living on Camp Tonkawa Road in a house we named Big Pink, in honor of The Band’s place. We were 5 miles from Mt. Intercourse and 15 from SFA. Great memories. Cool house. Now it’s in disrepair. Too bad. I guess Betty Brown has passed on and had no heirs that cared about the place.

          • von_todwin

            There’s a fun YouTube channel called Numberphile that just does short videos on strange math quirks. A lot of times insignificant to the broader study of math, but they often go into the math of why the strangeness exists. I understand math just enough to be entertained by it without feeling like it’s dumb and pointless.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Whatsup Sir Todwin

          • von_todwin

            Not much. Been reading along in the off-season, just haven’t had much to contribute. How have you been?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Fighting the health…pretty sedentary

          • Nate Whitten

            If you saw Dire STRAITs in 1992, I can understand your disappointment. Although I thought the show was OK, it was the worst of all I have seen. You ought to see Knopfler on the current tour. I do not think you’d feel anything but good about it. I’ll buy you a ticket, if you’d go. I can’t promise one as good as mine, for I bought mine from Knopfler’s website. Whatever Stub Hub is, they have all the good tix. I got a great single. There might be more.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Too young…2005 I think

          • Nate Whitten

            Thanks, I will check it out. It is good to hear from you. I hope all is OK or better.

          • Nate Whitten

            Your daughter has to be sharp. Being a math major at Auburn is no breeze. It takes brains and perseverance. You should be proud of her. Job possibilities are endless–not just teaching, although that is a viable option. What is she doing now, if I may ask?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Pecan please

    • Nate Whitten

      Very nice presentation.Thanks. It really does a good job a showing the progress. Very nice development of Arabic numerals and algebra. I had put some stuff on here before seeing this. I could have left it to you. The series work is near and dear to my heart.

      • CrazyEd

        Thanks, as I said, I’m no mathematician, but I found it very interesting. I know enough math to get by in electronics, but beyond that, not much.

  • CrazyEd

    Todays game is supposed to be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Directv shows KTXA 21

      • calntom

        I think I get that on my TV antenna, maybe

        • JacobMcCandles

          Put foil around those antenna

        • CrazyEd

          fox sports go app

    • Nate Whitten

      This is a big game. We still have a chance for the Cactus League Playoffs.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Vacation Kevin…LOL Haven’t watched the HR Derby in years

    • dearmidol

      Vacation Kevin begins Sunday afternoon.

      • Rowdy Yates

        You’re taking off entirely too much time. These regular extended trips all over the world are in direct contradiction of your contractual obligations to RR3 members. We’ll remember this when it comes to Annual Performance Review time. That annual $3 million could be in jeopardy podnah.

        Seriously … have a great time. You’ve earned it. And then some.

  • elkaba

    DMN today has a list of the most likely to be in the derby. The one most likely to grab the cash and play along… Joey Gallo, the least paid member of the 30+ HR gang.

    • Nate Whitten

      Hope he does not do it. It can’t help his swing. It can hurt it…or him.

  • Mr.C

    Lineup against good pitcher Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians team who will start their lineup with Leonys “Girly Voice” Martin.

    ((( REFRESH ))))

    Calhoun getting extended looks ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f149be71edb33c7c92b25f39f198e044dbae044370d42a3cd39fcb91d0fbdbd5.jpg

    • JacobMcCandles

      Calhoun has got more ABs than any Ranger…be interesting to watch Trevino

      • Mr.C

        I watched him the other night catching for Ariel Jurado. He called an excellent game and Jurado was getting his pitches were Trevino was requesting.

        If he ever improves his offense, we may have found a catcher for the future in him.

        • Rowdy Yates

          I was at that game sitting right behind home and agree on Trevino. Thought he was doing a good job as was Jurado.

          • Mr.C

            I was trying to see if I could spot you that night; but didn’t see anyone that resembled the Bonanza brothers.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Wrong western..lol Although he does like Hop sing

          • CrazyEd

            Funny you should mention Hop Sing. When I was building the truck that I posted the pics of I wanted to get a valve job and get the heads trued up. I picked up the San Diego yellow pages and found the what I was looking for. Hop Sing’s Head Shop. Being SoCal I was a little hesitant thinking the ad had been misplaced, but no, it was truly an automotive joint with an inventive name.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Haha

          • CrazyEd

            Treviso’s rep is that he’s superb defensively, so no surprise there. If he could just hit …. I guess that could be said for more than a few catchers.

  • CrazyEd

    John Blake‏Verified account @RangerBlake

    Friday roster moves: LHP CD Pelham, INF Patrick Wisdom, OF Carlos Tocci optioned to Nashville. RHP Phillips Valdez, C Tony Sanchez, INF Eli White assigned to minor league camp. 44 remain in camp.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsvky58THGc

    • Nate Whitten

      Is Tocci a surprise, no pun intended? He had been doing everything so well.

      • CrazyEd

        I don’t know about anybody else, but to me it was no surprise. The Ranger’s roster is just too inflexible. That being said, it was a disappointment to me.

        • Nate Whitten

          and to me.

      • JacobMcCandles

        He had options…DDs last chance…Sadsack will be the hard call

        • Nate Whitten

          You knew something I didn’t–no shock there. I guess if a team keeps a Rule 5 player for a season, they gain some rights.

  • elkaba

    If you have Spectrum, today’s game is on channel 12.

  • CrazyEd

    Little Willie is having a good game.

    • JacobMcCandles

      So is Wet Willie

  • CrazyEd

    Martin come on to cough up the lead???? Just joking, given past performances and results, just kind of.

  • CrazyEd

    I admit, I am attracted to strange things. One of those is the writtings of Gerald Schroeder. He has a PHD from MIT in Nuclear Physics and Earth and Planetary Sciences (whatever that is). I was going to recommend a couple of his books, “”Genesis and the Big Bang” and “Science of God”” but found that he has both of them on YouTube. If you’ve got the the time they are worth either reading or watching. Here’s a link to part I of 5 parts of “Genesis and the Big Bang.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZfgIFuoIBs

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not anti religious is it?

      • CrazyEd

        Not even close. In addition to his academic life he is a scholar of the OT. Not surprising being as how he’s a Jew. In this video he explains how the six days of creation can be fifteen and a half billion years. The video is not nearly as good as the book, but does give you some hints to the explanation. It leans heavily on physics and the stretching of time, which should be no surprise given his credentials. He explains it in terms that the average person can understand with a little effort. Probably the best way to get where he’s coming from is to watch his youtube videos and then read a couple of his books. Probably the best place to get his books (read that cheapest) is “Addall.com.”

        • Nate Whitten

          The six days of creation can be fifteen and a half billion years stuff is denying the power of God. If He can do it all, he can do it in six years–just moi