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MLB: We're not as rich as Forbes says
2006-04-21 15:19
by Bob Timmermann

MLB issued its annual denial of the financial numbers produced by Forbes.

"They make these numbers up," [Rob] Manfred said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "However close and lucky they may get in aggregate, there are individual instances that materially misstate the situations. From our perspective, we just think it's important that people understand and realize these are not in real in any sense of the word."

2006-04-21 15:39:16
1.   Vishal
hey bob, random question for you:

when a team wins the world series any given year, which members of the roster that year get rings? only people that are on the postseason roster, with exceptions? or everyone who was on the roster at any point? or people who were on it for a certain number of games? how is that decided?

2006-04-21 15:48:40
2.   Bob Timmermann
They give rings to whomever the management wants to pay to get a ring for.
2006-04-21 16:07:25
3.   Vishal
there isn't even a rule of thumb? that's a shame. i was wondering if billy beane got any world series rings from either of his stints with the '87 twins or '89 A's.
2006-04-21 16:11:24
4.   Bob Timmermann
The rule of thumb only applies when the team wins five world series.
2006-04-21 16:25:40
5.   Bob Timmermann
Seriously, I believe that the Red Sox and White Sox gave rings to just about everybody, but that seemed to be something new.

I can't picture Carl Pohlad being that generous.

2006-04-21 19:31:09
6.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
It is a slightly different issue, but I understood that the players had a system for distributing post-season playoff bonuses based upon voting on 'shares'.

Clearly, that's not about the rings, but it seemed related enough to point out.

2006-04-21 19:35:52
7.   joejoejoe
Isn't it MLB that hung a price tag on the Nationals of $450 million dollars? Is it so crazy to think the Yankees are worth 2.2 times what an expansion franchise is worth?
2006-04-21 19:52:18
8.   das411
3 - Vish, doesn't Moneyball talk about how Beane did pick one up with the '86 Mets?

5 - Perhaps it was new in 2004 because of those gigantic 2003 Marlins rings.

2006-04-21 19:52:21
9.   Shaun P
"They made these numbers up."

OK, prove it, Manfred.

Oh, what's that? What's that? You don't want to open your books up to the public? Oh, I see, we should just trust what you say, you have no reason to lie after all.

Now, about the Nationals new owner(s), when was that announcement going to be made again?

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