There is a new trend in Major League Baseball. Teams are becoming less and less willing to publicly disclose how much they are paying their managers. Back in 2007, every team in the league revealed how much they were paying the leader of their ball club. That number is down to just eight for the 2014 season. Even last season more team posted how much they were paying their managers. However, due to some managers signing new contracts or being replaced, fewer teams seem to want to say how much their main guy is making.
This trend is largely because of the 2012 Major League Baseball Agreement. The MLB Basic Agreement is the basic rule book for Major League Baseball. It covers everything from uniform regulations to salary requirements. The minimum salary requirement for any player is $500,000. The average salary of MLB managers is believed to be $1,000,000. However, the Basic Agreement does not specifically state how much teams are required to pay their coaching staff.
The Agreement also states what must be disclosed to the public. Things like injury reports and player health concerns must always be reported, but the agreement never states that a person’s salary is supposed to be made public. The most important part of the document is Article XXII, which is the Management Clause. It states “Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to restrict the right of the Clubs to manage and direct their operations in any manner whatsoever except as specifically limited by the terms of this Agreement."
This means that if the Basic Agreement does not specifically state something, a team does not have to do it. Since the Agreement never states a player or coach’s salary must be made public, the organizations do not have to release that information. Since the signing of the 2012 MLB Basic Agreement, teams have been releasing less and less information.
So what could this mean in the future? It could mean there will come a time when no clubs disclose the salaries of their coaching staff. It could also mean the clubs will stop disclosing the contract terms of their players as well. Remember, if it is not in the Agreement, an organization does not have to do it.
Because it is going out of style to disclose how much an MLB team’s manager is making, we decided to compile this list. These are the eight managers whose contract terms have been fully disclosed to the public, ranked in order of how much they are set to earn in 2014. Here they are.
8 Walt Weiss (Colorado Rockies) - 2014 Salary: $666,667
Walt Weiss, manager of the Colorado Rockies, is the shortest tenured of anyone on this list. Following a thirteen year playing career with the Athletics, Marlins, Rockies and Braves, Weiss became a high school coach and work his way back up into the big leagues. The former Rookie of the Year and World Series champion was signed as the Rockies’ manager on November 7th, 2012. In his first season at the helm, Weiss’ Rockies posted as 63/72 win-loss record. This year he is scheduled to make $666,667; just slightly above the league’s minimum salary.
7 Terry Collins (New York Mets) - 2014 Salary: $1 million
Terry Collins, who is going to make $1,000,000 in 2014, has led the New York Mets since 2011. He began his professional career as a shortstop in the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league system; however he never managed to find a spot on the major league roster. Following a ten year run in the minors, he pursued jobs as a Triple-A manager for various teams before being promoted to the Bullpen coach of the Pirates. Prior to being with the Mets he spent two short terms in the late nineties as the manager of the Houston Astros and the then Anaheim Angels. Collins has an all time record of 653/674. In 2013, his Mets went 74/88.
6 Clint Hurdle (Pittsburgh Pirates) - 2014 Salary: $1,125,000
National League Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle revived the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. Prior to their 94/68 record which landed then a playoff berth, the club had not been in the post season since 1992. In fact, 2013 was the Pirates' first winning season in over twenty years. Hurdle, who is going to bring in $1,125,000 this year, has been the team’s manager since 2010. Before Pittsburgh, he managed the Colorado Rockies for eight seasons and led the team to their first National League Pennant.
5 Don Mattingly (Los Angeles Dodgers) - 2014 Salary: $1.4 million
Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers is an interesting case. As was mentioned earlier, most organizations are moving away from disclosing the salaries of their management. However, the Dodgers just gave Mattingly a three year contract extension on January 7th of this year. Surprisingly, the terms of the agreement were disclosed to the public. Mattingly is scheduled to get paid $1,400,000 for the 2014 season. The manager was in a dispute with the club’s front office during the 2013 season because he believed the organization was not fully supporting him by being reluctant to negotiate a new long-term contract. Before the extension, 2014 would have been Mattingly’s last year with the Dodgers. The club was more willing to come to the negotiating table after a 92/77 record put the team in first place in the NL West.
4 Joe Maddon (Tampa Bay Rays) - 2014 Salary: $2 million
Joe Maddon is one of three managers on this list who have led their clubs to the World Series. However, his 2008 Tampa Bay Rays lost that series to the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite coming up short in the Series, the 2008 Rays were an amazing team. Not only because of how deep they went in the post season, but because they had the worst record in Major League Baseball just one year earlier. Maddon has led the organization since 2006 and has posted a 704/644 all-time record with the team. The Rays went to the post season in 2013 with a 92/77 record, but lost to the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Maddon will make $2,000,000 this year, which is not a bad price for the most successful manager in the team’s history.
3 Buck Showalter (Baltimore Orioles) - 2014 Salary: $3 million
Buck Showalter has managed more teams than anyone on this list. He will be paid $3,000,000 this year from Baltimore Orioles. Before starting with Orioles in 2010, he coached the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Texas Rangers. He is 1,163/1,095 all time, making him one of two managers on this list with over 1,000 wins. In 2012, Showalter brought the Orioles to the playoffs for the first time since 1997. He was declared the MLB’s Manager of the Year for that season. Prior to that, he was the American League’s Manager of the year in 1994 and 2004. Despite an 85/77 record in 2013, the Orioles finish in fourth place in the AL East behind Boston, New York, and Tampa Bay.
2 Joe Girardi (New York Yankees) - 2014 Salary: $4 million
It was only a matter of time before we saw the Yankees’ manager on the list. Joe Girardi is the second-highest-paid Major League Baseball manager. He will be compensated with $4,000,000 this year. Girardi took over for legendary Yankees’ manager Joe Torre in 2009. Since then Girardi has a 564/408 win-loss record. His 0.580 winning percentage is the highest of any active manager. Girardi’s Yankees won the World Series in his first year as the team’s leader. In 2013, the team failed to make playoffs after posting an 85/77 record. 2014 will be a much different year for Girardi. His team is losing a couple key players to retirement and free agency. He will also be without his star third basemen and power hitter, Alex Rodriguez, for the entire season.
1 Mike Scioscia (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) - 2014 Salary: $5 million
Mike Scioscia is the highest-paid manager in Major League Baseball (that we know of). He has been with the Angels since 2000, which is the longest tenure with a single team of any manager in the league. He is set to make $5,000,000 this season. During his time with the club, Scioscia has posted a 1,233/1,035 record. His Angels won the World Series back in 2002. In 2013, the team finished with a 78/84 win-loss record.