SBD/Issue 37/Leagues & Governing Bodies

USA Today Finds MLB Managers Earn Far Less Than NFL, NBA Coaches

Deal With Yankees Makes Girardi One Of
Top-Five Highest Paid Managers In MLB
MLB team managers averaged a $1.3M salary last season, and 16 made less than $1M, according to Jorge Ortiz of USA TODAY.  New Yankees Manager Joe Girardi signed a three-year deal with the team worth an average of $2.6M, making him one of the top-five highest-paid managers in baseball.  By comparison, NBA coaches this season average $3.95M, with the Lakers' Phil Jackson the highest paid at $9M and the lowest paid earning $2M. NFL coach salaries "are a closely guarded secret," but Professional Sports Representation President & founder Bob LaMonte, who represents eight current coaches, said that their yearly average is $3.25M, with new head coaches starting around $2M.  White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who made $1.1M in '07, said, "I think we are way underpaid for the amount of responsibility we have" (USA TODAY, 11/1). Padres manager Bud Black said of salaries, "There has been a slow rise, but not at the rate NFL and NBA coaches' salaries have risen." In a separate piece, Ortiz writes another reason could be that NBA and NFL coaches "might have more say in personnel decisions than managers." A's VP & GM Billy Beane said, "You think you're comparing apples to apples, but you're not. You're talking about a completely different job in a completely different industry." Ortiz notes a "lack of competition from college baseball programs is a factor" in the lower MLB salaries.  Cubs manager Lou Piniella said that the "pool of available candidates for [MLB] teams is so large, teams don't feel they have to bid to get their man." Piniella said, "You can get a manager from Double-A or Triple-A, and you can start them at an entry-level salary. I think that's the biggest reason."  The chart below shows the '07 salaries for all MLB managers (USA TODAY, 11/1).

MANAGER
TEAM
'07 SALARY
*Joe Torre
Yankees
$7.5M
Lou Piniella
Cubs
$3.5M
Bobby Cox
Braves
$3M
Tony La Russa
Cardinals
$2.8M
Mike Scioscia
Angels
$2M
Jim Leyland
Tigers
$2M
Bruce Bochy
Giants
$1.75M
Terry Francona
Red Sox
$1.65M
*Phil Garner
Astros
$1.5M
*Mike Hargrove
Mariners
$1.3M
Ron Gardenhire
Twins
$1.25M
Ozzie Guillen
White Sox
$1.1M
Eric Wedge
Indians
$1.025M
*Jim Tracy
Pirates
$1M
Bob Melvin
Diamondbacks
$875,000
*Buddy Bell
Royals
$825,000
Ned Yost
Brewers
$825,000
Clint Hurdle
Rockies
$800,000
Charlie Manuel
Phillies
$800,000
Willie Randolph
Mets
$700,000
Fredi Gonzalez
Marlins
$650,000
*Jerry Narron
Reds
$600,000
*Grady Little
Dodgers
$600,000
*Sam Perlozzo
Orioles
$600,000
Ron Washington
Rangers
$600,000
Bud Black
Padres
$550,000
Joe Maddon
Devil Rays
$550,000
John Gibbons
Blue Jays
$500,000
Manny Acta
Nationals
$500,000
Bob Geren
Athletics
$500,000
*No longer has job
Source: USA research

BUMPING THE AVERAGE: In N.Y., Madden & Feinsand cite a source saying that Joe Torre's salary with the Dodgers "would not be the roughly $5[M] per that has been widely reported." The number "figures to be" around $4M annually for three years should he be hired by the team (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/1).

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