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I didn't realize til watching the movie "Broke" on ESPN that Chass was the reason athlete salaries ever became public. The publication of athlete salaries has had a pretty huge impact on sports for better or for worse.
Are the contract figures here accurate?
More or less. The numbers are not official, but they have been collected as reported by the Associated Press or beat writers covering each club. Any additions, questions or comments may be directed to JEuston@baseballprospectus.com.
I have never seen the AP or any beat writer report a contract with the level of detail and specificity that Cot's reports a contract.
There's a disconnect here somewhere, isn't there? I have never seen the AP or any beat writer report a contract with the level of detail and specificity that Cot's reports a contract.
Anybody know if Cot's does any archiving? Players just seem to disappear from Cot's as they retire, and then all we're left with is the yearly salaries at BB-Ref.
I've toyed with doing it myself. A ton of work of course.
I've messed around with it, but MLB's transaction database, at least before 2009, is incomplete; there are simply records that are missing from it.
As an example, one I found this week, Yadier Molina went on the disabled list in July '05. Not according to the official transactions. Although they do have him being activated a month later.
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