New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil brings one-week old son Lucas to MLB All-Star Game festivities
Jeff McNeil's newborn son's first baseball game happens to be the 2022 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.In the span of a week, the New York Mets utility player was selected to the All-Star team for the second time in his career and named the starting second baseman for the National League. And despite hitting those major achievements in a matter of days, that wasn't even his biggest milestone of the week -- McNeil became a father.
NEW YORK (AP) — Recent arbitration decisions and settlements have lifted Major League Baseball’s average salary by 6% from the start of the 2021 season to $4,415,275, according to a study by The Associated Press. © Provided by The Canadian Press
When the AP first published the study on April 14, the average was $4,414,184. At the time, 23 players were eligible for arbitration, so the study used midpoints of the figures submitted by players and teams.
The revision replaced the midpoints with the figures determined by arbitration panels or agreements that avoided hearings, showing an increase of $1,091. Teams won nine of 13 cases that went to hearings.
MLB struggling to get attendance back to pre-pandemic levels
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Blame it on lingering effects of the pandemic, resentment over the lockout or economic fears. Major League Baseball is struggling to fill the stands at pre-COVID levels as the sport heads into the last 2 1/2 months of its first season since 2019 without capacity restrictions. MLB reached the All-Star break with an average attendance of 26,409. That represents a drop of 5.4% from the All-Star break of 2019 — which was 10 days earlier than this year. League officials remain encouraged and point to the recovery. “We have come back to between 94-95% of where we were prior to the pandemic,” MLB chief revenue officer Noah Garden said.
Players averaged $4,167,164 at the start of the 2021 season. The record is $4,451,508 set in 2017, before the salary slide that angered players during the labor contract that expired last December.
The players' association uses slightly different methodology, and calculated its 2022 opening day average at $4,467,314.
This year's average would have been a record $4.62 million had active rosters not been expanded from 26 to 28 through May 1 following the shortened spring training, adding players who are at the $700,000 minimum or close to it.
The new labor contract's $50 million bonus pool for lower-salaried players who are not yet eligible for arbitration will boost the final average salary; adding that figure and dropping the added 60 players, the average would be $4.68 million.
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The arbitration breakdown for Coyotes winger Lawson Crouse .
It’s likely to be a long weekend for representatives of Crouse and the Coyotes as they prepare for a Monday morning arbitration hearing.Given Crouse’s age, play style and Arizona’s cap space, one may have expected the sides to work out a long-term deal this offseason. However, as the hearing date approaches, that agreement appears less and less likely, especially as figures have been exchanged.