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12:24 a.m., November 27, 2002 (#1) -
I MYSELF RECENTLY SIGNED A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT. ABOUT 4 MONTHS AGO WITH THE BLUE-JAYS. IT IS FOR THE 2003 SEASON. I WAS LOOKING FOR A SITE LIKE THIS. WHERE YOU CAN EXPRESS YOUR OPINION ON THIS SORT OF TOPIC. NOT TO BE GREEDY BUT $850 A MONTH IS WAY TOO LOW FOR ANY PLAYER. ESPECIALLY AT A PRO LEVEL. GOOD THING FOR ME IS U.S. MONEY IS WORTH OVER 1 1/2 TIMES CAN MONEY. EVERYONE ALWAYS ASKS ME ALL THE TIME. OH YOU MUST BE SO RICH NOW THAT YOUR SIGNED WITH THE BLUE-JAYS. BUT SADLY MY ANSWER IS NO, I'M NOT RICH AT ALL. I DON'T GET IT. MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY PLAYER'S GET $60-70,000 A YEAR. AND NHL HOCKEY PLAYER'S OVERALL MAKE 5 TIMES LESS THAN AVERAGE MLB PLAYER'S. I DON'T KNOW WHY MLB TEAMS DON'T GIVE THEIR MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER'S A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN PAY. NOT JUST BECAUSE IT AFFECTS ME. IT JUST MAKES SENSE. MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS SHOULD BE FOR AT LEAST $10,000 A MONTH IF YOU ASK ME. ANYONE FEEL FREE TO REPLY BACK TO ME K.
10:55 a.m., January 7, 2003 (#2) -
I think minor leaguers should get more and major leaguers less (we're talking WAY WAY less). 5 million a year to play baseball??? come on. A-Rod is not worth the 18 or whatever million a year he plays for. I would play baseball for free if I could. Baseball isn't only a job. It's fun. It's a game. Do professional Nintendo players make 20 million a year?
1:26 a.m., January 18, 2003 (#3) -
YEAH FOR SURE I AGREE WITH THE DUDE WHO REPLIED RECENTLY. RIGHT ON MAN, I'M WITH YOU. I'M A FIRST YEAR MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER MYSELF, AND I SHARE THE SAME THOUGHTS AS YOU DO ON THE TOPIC.
11:05 a.m., February 1, 2003 (#4) -
I agree that Minor League Players should get more money. I am not yet a Minor Leaguer but one day I hope to be. I mean most kids who go from High School to the NBA sign atleast a 500,000$ contract or more. I mean we have to play in the minors and make 2,000 a month at the most give me a break!
1:24 p.m., February 17, 2003 (#5) -
i think minor league players should get paid more too. but the thing is that this pidutti kid sucks, because i played him about 2 years ago and i cant believe he got a contract. he is kind of retarted.
8:34 p.m., February 24, 2003 (#6) -
I played against pidutti..the guy throws pretty hard. Any left hander who can throw 90 and hit the catchers glove deserves a contract. The kid has some skills
11:34 p.m., February 24, 2003 (#7) -
I completely agree that minor league baseball players deserve more money, and major league baseball players deserve less. The minor leaguers have to work just as hard, if not harder, and they don't get the luxury treatments. They don't get the charter planes and 4-star hotels; they get the cramped coach bus and the econo-lodge. For all their talent, they deserve a decent wage.
1:07 p.m., February 26, 2003 (#8) -
Minnesota Twins Organization
I scouted Pidutti at a juco game last year and he was 76-80 topping out at 82. He must of done something to jump his fastball up 8 mph because he looked confused on the hill the whole time. He had no balance and he looked as if he didnt know what he was doing. I feel sorry for the Jays Org. because this kid is not going anywhere. So, some minor leaguers should get paid more but not all of them by any means.
5:56 p.m., March 4, 2003 (#9) -
These James alone hes the man
8:02 p.m., March 6, 2003 (#10) -
Actually nevermind what I said, he's an idiot.
1:56 a.m., April 9, 2003 (#11) -
HEY, I JUST HAPPENED TO GLANCE BY THIS WEB PAGE THAT I WROTE ON LAST YEAR. REALLY NICE COMMENTS YOU GUYS MADE ABOUT ME. REALLY CLASSY OF YOU. SAYING THAT I SUCK. EVERYONE BUT TERRANCE CAHILL Y'ALL ARE JUST JEALOUS. WHAT TEAM DID YOU PLAY FOR CAHILL? SO YOU GUY'S FEEL YOU HAVE TO PUT ME DOWN TO MAKE YOURSELVES FEEL BETTER. HOW COME NO ONE LEFT THEIR NAMES? SCARED TOO?
AS FOR THE MINNESOTA TWINS SCOUT... I AM GOING TO PROVE YOU WRONG BY WHEN YOU SAID "THIS KID IS GOING NOWWHERE." WE'LL SEE ABOUT THAT. I THINK I REMEMBER YOU. DID YOU SCOUT ME AGAINST SEMINOLE OKLAHOMA JUNIOR COLLEGE? IF SO, I THREW A 2 HITTER THAT DAY AGAINST THE 12TH BEST JUCO TEAM IN THE NATION. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT. ALL YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO REGRET WHAT YOU SAID. LATER.
2:13 a.m., April 9, 2003 (#12) -
I think that all you people making fun of James Pidutti are all jealous and have nothing else better to do. He obviously has talent if the Blue Jays are interested in him. I personally think that he is going to do the best that he possibly could do to make it to the big leagues, even making it this far is something to be proud of. He as an awesome arm that is going to take him places, very good for being left handed. He is a good well rounder player, not only is he good at pitching but he excels anywhere on the field. We are all very proud of him, us Sudburians, and we wish him the best. And for people making smart comments it just shows your insecurities and that you wish you could be.
2:13 a.m., April 9, 2003 (#13) -
What are you guys talking about? I watched Pidutti in college last year for Dodge-City, and he was a stud. He should have won every game he pitched if his team could score more runs. He hit 91, and was consistently 87-89 against my brother's team Hutch and almost pitched a no hitter that day. And they won 40 games. So I don't know what you other guys are talking about? Saying he sucks? You must be talking about another LHP from Canada named James Pidutti. Or you must all be on drugs. If I was a mlb team, he would be a 1st or 2nd round pick. I think he will be on a big league diamond very soon!
11:42 a.m., April 10, 2003 (#14) -
DID YOU SCOUT ME AGAINST SEMINOLE OKLAHOMA JUNIOR COLLEGE? IF SO, I THREW A 2 HITTER THAT DAY AGAINST THE 12TH BEST JUCO TEAM IN THE NATION
Apparently our friend hasn't learned Voros' Law Yet! :P
I sure hope he's getting wise investment advice with the money he's not making... :P
4:44 p.m., April 10, 2003 (#15) -
What's with everyone carving up Pidutti, he is pretty good you guys. He was mostly 84-88 the game i saw him pitch in Pratt, Kansas last year. I was standing behind home plate where the radar gun was. His control is not pin point yet and he has a lot to learn about pitching. But he knows how to get batter's out. I heard he got a very high amount in terms of a signing bonus from the Jays. He won the game I saw him pitch, so I think the Twin's scout is an asshole.
2:44 p.m., April 11, 2003 (#16) -
Yeah i played against Pidutti, in college. He wasn't very good. I went 3 for 3 against him with a 2B and a HR. He didn't seem like that good of a pitcher too me. He was wild, and it looked as if he threw about 80, 81 mph. No speed, no curveball. He seemed pretty ordinary to me. I'm surprised to hear he is playing professionally. At one point he was 0-7 last year. I don't think he will go very far. I think the only reason he got to where he is is because he is a lefty, and his muscle size is intimidating. I'm keeping my eyes on him though.
12:39 p.m., April 12, 2003 (#17) -
I saw the Jays’ A-level club, the Alley Cats, play last night in chilly Cleveland (Lake County Captains). From what I saw, those guys can play. Skill level’s pretty high. Pidutti's a level up from them – a big level at AA. And he's making $9,000 a year ($1,500 x 6 months)??? I guess that’s what a poor bartender or waiter would make over the same period. But think about this: Take an average MLB player’s salary of, say, a million and a half dollars. Split that out over 162 games, and what do you get? About $9,300. That’s per game. Take an average of 4.5 at bats per game, if the guy’s good enough to start every day. Dude’s making a little better than $2,000 per at bat. If you count Pidutti's meal money at $20 per day (only on the road, or about 15 x $20 or $300 at best), Pidutti's making a couple hundred bucks less per month than a decent MLB player is making per at bat. That’s pathetic.
I don’t think Minor Leaguers should be driving Porsches, but a decent Chevy should be affordable for what they do and what they -- as an aggragate -- bring to the big clubs.
The great equalizer would appear to be the signing bonus, which ranges from nothing to a couple million bucks. The big bucks are nice to get if you’re good enough to be drafted high enough. But no matter what you get, you’d better be a good investment manager with your bonus or the lousy pay… just in case you don’t make it to the Bigs.
1:39 a.m., April 13, 2003 (#18) -
I think you guys should stop bad mouthing Pidutti. I've seen him in college at DCC. He throws 85-89 and can hit 91. He works the corners very well from the left side. His curve has sharp break and he can easily switch from curve to slider within an at-bat. Both are nasty pitches and when mixed in with a strong circle-change, he is a cinch to perform well in the minor leagues. We, the Chicago White Sox, considered drafting him but we really didn't see enough of him. The Jays made a smart choice because talent of his magnitude should not be wasted. He is somewhat inexperienced but good instruction will help him better locate his devastating arsenal of pitches. Good luck, James. I see you as a very capable pro hurler.
1:56 a.m., April 13, 2003 (#19) -
Actually Pidutti is not in "AA". He is in extended spring training with the Jays and he will most likely be in Rookie Ball. His has no minor league experience yet. He got a small signing bonus and was 2-8 in junior college. But he has a lot of potential as a pitcher. But I'm surprised to hear he is not wanted as a hitter. He can flat out mash the ball 500 feet up to bat. But he is a lefty after all.
11:08 p.m., April 20, 2003 (#20) -
I played baseball with Pidutti have seen him develop over the past few years into a pretty outstanding athlete. This guy is underrated. Reasons why;, he may not toss 90+, but what he has going for him is a work ethic, motivation and muscle. Many of the minor league pitchers I have seen are overweight and have a presence on the mound that is far from athletic. For a small town boy to be seen and recruited over top of big city ego's and publicity speaks to his ability. Best of luck to him.
6:17 p.m., April 21, 2003 (#21) -
Well Sportsfans, i can say that in all my years, i have seen many players play the game of baseball. I can say that not many people show the dedication and perseverance that James shows on the field, day in and day out. I have also seen Jon Rivard play baseball. What a lazy cuss. If dedication and hard work was everything, James would be in the all-star game. Instead he is working his butt off, improving his skills and striving to reach his goals in florida while all you people bad mouth the guy. I hope he proves all of you wrong and makes it to the big leagues. Good Luck James.
10:49 a.m., April 23, 2003 (#22) -
This page was supposed to be about minor leaguers making more money. Now it's not even about that, it's about some pidutti kid bragging about himself and some people putting him down. I have never heard of this kid but who cares, if you guy want to argue about this take it somewhere else. By the way, to that kid i can tell you wrote all those comments about how good you are by yourself and put someone else's name on there. Quit talking and bragging, and show u can do things on the field. Trust me, the jump from juco to pro ball will be the toughest thing you ever do so dont be talking too soon.
1:56 p.m., April 26, 2003 (#23) -
I think that they are overpaid by millions. The teachers and doctors, firefighters, and policemen should be paid the big bucks
9:30 a.m., May 1, 2003 (#24) -
you people just all need to stfu get a life loser fags
12:51 p.m., May 22, 2003 (#25) -
John G. Jefferson
YOU ARE STUPID BECAUSE A-ROD IS WORTH 18 MILLION AND MORE. DON'T BE
COMPLAINING THAT YOU GET PAID LESS MONEY THAN MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS.
12:56 p.m., May 22, 2003 (#26) -
YA NEED TO GET A LIFE BECASUE A-ROD IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE.
YA ARE LOSERS. IF YA WANT MORE MONEY GET A JOB.
5:19 a.m., June 1, 2003 (#27) -
hey im trying to get in the minors, i know it's too late but how could I get in for next season.I never played baseball in high school only little league(funny HUh), but i've been training w/ a trainer and I throw 95-98mph and have sick curve/slider. If anyone can reply that will be cool but if you just want to clown me just keep it to yourself, it could back to haunt you. ac
4:28 p.m., June 3, 2003 (#28) -
Hey Jack Apricot, you're a friggen idiot. Why don't you go to a Gay Porn page so you can go nuts with it. This is Pidutti's webpage and you should know that. So go screw off you friggen American hick.
10:49 a.m., June 7, 2003 (#29) -
Just to update you guys on that Pidutti guy. His season starts in 1 week. He is going to Rookie Ball in Virginia. He only pitched 8 innings in extended spring training but he was named the Blue-Jays most improved player. He needs too work on his speed and control of his fastball but his curveball is just plain dirty! Good luck James.
11:47 a.m., July 22, 2003 (#30) -
Pidutti is 2nd on his minor league team in ERA. right now. Keep up the good work!
7:23 p.m., July 24, 2003 (#31) -
I know nothing about baseball, but I do know that James should be happy that he got drafted, instead of complaining about much money he will be making. If this is really his dream or whatever, he needs to stop complaining, and enjoy!
12:43 a.m., August 1, 2003 (#32) -
I play with this James Pidutti guy, and he is legit. He has his fastball consistently at 89-90, and his sinker is like something I've never seen. His breaking ball, when on, is Zito-like. His changeup needs a little work, but you can't too much from a guy who is on a crash course with the big leagues.
P.S. Jammer, leave some women in Pulaski for the rest of the bully.
1:35 p.m., August 16, 2003 (#33) -
Besides James Pidutti Pulaski also brags of another star lefty on the D.L. right now. Strapping 6'4 1/2 240 pounder Brad Mumma. Mumma injured his shoulder a month ago. The Blue Jays are blessed too have both this fine individuals on the same team. With Mumma healthy and Pidutti coming out from the bullpen the appy crown should be within the reach of the Blue Jays. Not too forget about another stud lefty New Jersey native Chris Neylan. Neylan leads the team in strikeouts and leads the league in home runs allowed. Lee Gutterman sure has a fine staff in 2003 too work with and bring pride too Pulaski. Lets win a championship fellas.
1:37 p.m., August 16, 2003 (#34) -
Pidutti is our best pitcher out of the pen. His era is not a good reflection of his talent and ability. I'm happy he is my roomate. And I'm sure him and I will be in the big leagues come 2004.
7:21 p.m., September 10, 2003 (#35) -
Look. How can you all complain about how much you get paid when, your educators should get paid way more than you also your recues they should to. But do you see it happening.NO! How would youl ike it if you called 911 And got a message saying im sorry we can not take your call becasue our bugget cant aford it if you have any complantes leave a message. NOw that would nto be great at all. You have alot on money if you get paid 850 dollers a month.
thats just my opian but please e-mail me if you would like. I am only really looking at this for a speech im doing in school. thanks again
12:44 a.m., September 12, 2003 (#36) -
I dont agree at all. minor league players are very close too the same caliber of big league players. and the minium salary in the big leagues is $300,000 for 6 months of playing. so how can you say these players in the minors should be content with $850 a month. they are not much worse than players making 5 million dollars a month. yes you make a good point saying that ball players dont help out people like a doctor would but it takes a lifelong commitment too get too pro baseball. it is almost impossible. so i think if you dedicate that much time too a sport you deserve a good pay.
12:55 a.m., September 12, 2003 (#37) -
LETS FACE IT. I WATCH MINOR LEAGUE GAMES ALL THE TIME AND THESE GUYS ARE GOOD. THEY SHOULD GET ABOUT $150,000 A YEAR. THEY DESERVE IT. I AM ENTERTAINED BY THEM. IF I WAS A BASEBALL TEAM I WOULD PAY THIS PIDUTTI KID AS MUCH AS HE WANTED. AND I THINK ANYONE FROM THE APPALACHIAN LEAGUE WOULD AGREE.
3:54 p.m., September 12, 2003 (#38) -
give me a break. of course minor leaguers deserve more money. they are good players. not like major leaguers, but they should get a decent wage. and who's kidding who. pidutti's signing bonus should have been in the million dollar range. i watched him all summer. he was better than a lot of 2nd round picks. his command was outstanding, and he never got hit hard. he's a good pitcher. in my opinion its going too be hard too imagine him not being in the big leagues some day soon. pulaski was lucky too watch him and russ savickas pitch.
6:05 p.m., September 12, 2003 (#39) -
Any body have any idea what a minor league free agent makes if he has some time at the triple-a level?
1:55 p.m., September 13, 2003 (#40) -
Anyone regardless if they are a free agent or a 1st rounder would get a minium of $2,150 a month for their season at the triple-A level and possibly more if negioated for the next season. And anyone who gets called up to the big leagues even if they dont get too play, just for being on the roster gets at least $10,000 a month for every week they are in the big leagues. does this answer your question.
10:44 p.m., September 14, 2003 (#41) -
THIS IS FOR THE A.C.GUY. HI, IM JAMES PIDUTTI. IM A PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER, 21 WHO CURRENTLY PITCHES FOR A BLUE JAYS MINOR LEAGUE TEAM RIGHT NOW. I READ YOUR POSTED MESSAGE WHERE YOU SAY YOU THROW 95-98 MPH. AND THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED ANYTHING BUT LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL BEFORE. WITH THAT COMMENT EITHER YOU ARE A FREAK OF NATURE. I MEAN YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO THAT. I REALLY DONT KNOW. OR EITHER YOUR JUST KIDDING AROUND FOR FUN AND YOUR A LIAR. I DONT KNOW. BUT IF YOU DO THROW 95-98 ANY COLLEGE AND/ OR MLB TEAM WOULD GIVE A MILLION DOLLARS EASYILY TOO SIGN YOU. IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT BEING A PRO PITCHER I MYSELF WENT TOO AN OPEN MLB TRYOUT CAMP RUN BY THE BLUE JAYS LAST YEAR. AND I THREW ABOUT 25 PITCHES. MOSTLY 86-87, TOPPING OUT AT ONE PITCH AT 89. AND LESS THAN A WEEK LATER I WAS SIGNED TOO A 4 YEAR MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT, WITH A SIGNING BONUS. JUST LIKE THAT. SO MY ADVICE WOULD BE FOR YOU TOO GO TOO ANY SHOWCASE, TRYOUT CAMP, ANY COLLEGE TRYOUTS, ETC. BECAUSE IF YOU ARE FOR REAL AND YOU REALLY THROW, FORGET 98, IF YOU THROW 87 I BET MOST COLLEGES WOULD OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS WITH MANY MLB TEAMS WANTING TOO DRAFT YOU. AND DID YOU ACTUALLY GET CLOCKED AT 98 OR IS THAT JUST SOMETHING YOU SAID. BECAUSE THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 10 PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO CAN DO THAT. IM JUST SAYING THIS ADVICE. IF YOU CAN THROW A BALL IN THE 90'S JUST GET ON ANY BASEBALL TEAM'S ROSTER ANYWHERE AND WITHIN 1 DAY YOU WILL HAVE HUNDREDS OF PRO SCOUTS AFTER YOU. WRITE ME BACK OK.
1:57 p.m., September 18, 2003 (#42) -
What kind of nut house are you running here, Furtado?
2:22 p.m., September 18, 2003 (#43) -
This is completely bizarre.
For what it's worth:
(.325 BAA, 1.94 WHIP, 2.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 2.5 WP/9)
2:44 p.m., September 18, 2003 (#44) -
We've had James (and his weird cronies) drop in over at Batter's Box as well. His numbers at Pulaski aren't exactly inspiring, but he is bound to have a rough patch or two to begin his career as he is a converted outfielder.
12:54 a.m., September 19, 2003 (#45) -
So what are you guy's saying about Pidutti with the link too his stats? That he is not that good? Stats dont mean a thing by the way. It's all about how you run the company boy. This guy will be in AA next year and maybe in the big leagues by 2005. You can write that down. In the appalchian league he owned the Princeton Devil Rays, and embarrassed the Burlington Indians. He had trouble against the Martinsville Astros. Thats why his era is a little high. Trust me he's a solid prospect with a bright future.
12:42 a.m., September 21, 2003 (#46) -
I dont know how this site became the James Pidutti show but I knew him from this one tournament that I played against him a few years ago. He was cocky as hell but the guy could really pitch. I think in 4 innings he struck out 11 out of 12 batters. He looked pretty polished. Im surprised though that he wasn't even drafted and that he signed as a free agent because some scout told me he hit 92 mph. But hes in the minor leagues now so we will see how far he takes it.
11:10 a.m., September 30, 2003 (#47) -
This page is horseshit. with the amount of time we spend discussing pidutti we could have been working and made enough money to sponsor his rent for a month or some poor skinny in ethiopia.
good luck to all you minor leaguers
5:11 p.m., October 1, 2003 (#48) -
Canadians can't play baseball worth crap. Pidoodoo can't even spell "to". Might want to go back to juco. Quit bragging on yourself. Sounds like you lack confidence in your own ability. You other losers get a life. It doesn't matter how hard he throws if he can get people out. You obviously don't know baseball. One more thing. Scouts are the dumbest breed of people on earth. They are only scouts because they weren't good enough to play baseball. You guys ripping on this guy need to stop. He has enough against him already. He's Canadian.
10:41 p.m., October 1, 2003 (#49) -
Thats really unessecary. why do you need too make fun of a country like that. not the brightest comments too make. im sure wherever your from is not much better. i guess your just a loser who is very insecure about himself and who is very stupid. and obviously you dont know anything about baseball or anything else for that matter.
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