Orioles had 4 in million-dollar club Davis' salary 22nd among 225 in majors

December 17, 1991|By Kent Baker

Four Baltimore Orioles were among the 225 major-league players on active rosters and disabled lists last Aug. 31 who were at the million-dollar salary level, according to a study by The Associated Press.

Leading the list of Orioles was first baseman Glenn Davis, who ranked 22nd among all major-leaguers with a salary of $3,275,000, a figure he can earn again this season if he reaches incentives for games played. The American League's Most Valuable Player, Cal Ripken, was 59th overall with a salary of $2,566,667. He will be playing on a club option next season, but his salary figures to rise dramatically when he signs a new contract.

Others on the list were Dwight Evans, 200th at $1,160,000, and Joe Orsulak, tied for 201st with $1,150,000.

The number of players making $3 million rose from one to 34 from the previous season and 62 more made at least $1 million than in 1990. The total of $2 million players climbed from 29 to 127 as baseball's salary scale continued to escalate.

The Oakland Athletics, who had the largest payroll in baseball at $39.2 million, had 16 players making $1 million or more, the most of any team. Of those, eight made $2 million or more and five -- Jose Canseco, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch, Rickey Henderson and Dennis Eckersley -- made $3 million or more.

It was only two years ago that Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins became the first player to sign for $3 million a year.

The California Angels, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants each had 12 players at $1 million or more. The Boston Red Sox, the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers had 11 each (although Walt Terrell of the Tigers had $1.1 million of his $1.2 million salary paid by Pittsburgh, which released him).

At the other end of the salary scale was the Houston Astros, who had the lowest payroll at $12.5 million, including more than $1 million in termination pay. Of 100 players at the major-league minimum of $100,000, nine were on the Astros.

Houston had just three players at the million-dollar level, the fewest of any team. The Orioles, Cleveland and Seattle had four each.

Orioles salaries

The 1991 salaries for the Baltimore Orioles, with players on Aug. 31 rosters and disabled lists (dl); figures were obtained by The Associated Press from management and player sources and include salaries, pro-rated shares of signing bonuses and earned incentive bonuses:

Player .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Salary

Glenn Davis. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,275,000

Cal Ripken.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 2,566,667

Dwight Evans .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1,160,000

Joe Orsulak. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1,150,000

dl-Mark Williamson .. .. .. .. .. ..745,000

Bill Ripken. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..700,000

Bob Melvin.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..650,000

Gregg Olson. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..505,000

Mike Flanagan.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..500,000

Ben McDonald .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..491,667

Randy Milligan. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..330,000

Tim Hulett.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..327,500

Bob Milacki. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..280,000

Mike Devereaux. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..210,000

Sam Horn. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..205,000

Dave Johnson .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..200,000

Todd Frohwirth. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..130,000

Chris Hoiles .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..107,500

dl-Jose Mesa .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..107,000

David Segui. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..106,000

Jim Poole .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..105,000

Anthony Telford .. .. .. .. .. .. ..104,500

Juan Bell .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..103,000

dl-Jeff McKnight . .. .. .. .. .. ..103,000

Leo Gomez .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..102,500

dl-Brian DuBois .. .. .. .. .. .. ..100,000

Chito Martinez. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..100,000

pTC Mike Mussina .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..100,000

Arthur Rhodes.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..100,000

$3 million club

Major-league baseball players who were paid $3 million last season:

Player, - team .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Salary

Darryl Strawberry, LA.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,800,000

Joe Carter, Tor . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,791,667

Will Clark, SF .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,775,000

Kevin Mitchell, SF . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,750,000

Jack Morris, Min. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,700,000

Mark Davis, KC .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,625,000

Eric Davis, Cin . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,600,000

Willie McGee, SF. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,562,500

Jose Canseco, Oak .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,500,000

Dave Stewart, Oak .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,500,000

Mark Langston, Cal . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,550,000

Tim Raines, Chi (AL) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,500,000

Dennis Martinez, Mon .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,348,333

Bob Welch, Oak .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,450,000

George Brett, KC. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,438,661

Don Mattingly, NY (AL). .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,420,000

Jack Clark, Bos . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,400,000

Doug Drabek, Pit. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,350,000

A. Dawson, Chi (NL). .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,325,000

Nolan Ryan, Tex . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,300,000

Dave Winfield, Cal . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,300,000

Glenn Davis, Bal. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,275,000

Paul Molitor, Mil .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,253,333

Danny Darwin, Bos .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,250,000

Rickey Henderson, Oak . .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,250,000

Robin Yount, Mil. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,200,000

Kirby Puckett, Min . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,191,667

Mike Boddicker, KC . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,166,667

Orel Hershiser, LA . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,166,667

Frank Viola, NY (NL) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,166,667

V. Coleman, NY (NL). .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,112,500

Dennis Eckersley, Oak . .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,100,000

Kelly Gruber, Tor .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,033,333

Dave Stieb, Tor . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..$3,000,000

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