Rain Delay Causes Twins Pitcher To Miss His $500,000 Bonus By 1/3 Of An Inning

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Nice Move

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None of you actually remembered that baseball is still in season. It’s cool, though. I didn’t either. As Derek Jeter wraps up his final season and escapes to a world of dimes on demand, the rest of his colleagues are just trying to snag every last dollar available in their contract.

The Twins’ starting pitcher, Phil Hughes, experienced the girthy dick of Mother Nature yesterday as he closed in on 210 innings pitched for the season. With just one out left to earn a $500,000 bonus, the rain came to play, forcing umpires to delay the game.

From ESPN:

It was the final start of the season for Hughes, who fell one-third of an inning short of triggering a $500,000 innings bonus in his contract with the Twins. The right-hander has thrown 209 2/3 innings this season; his contract stipulates that he would receive the bonus if he reaches 210 innings pitched.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters after the game that he will not use Hughes out of the bullpen this weekend. The former All-Star acknowledged that he is aware of the situation regarding his bonus.

Come on, boys. He’s been your stud for the entire season. This is how you thank him?

This could’ve turned into a great PR move for the Twins, especially as their neighbors, the Vikings, are marinating in their own ocean of issues. Instead, it appears as if Hughes will be forced to ride some pine as his half-million dollar payday disappears.

“I was very aware of it, but some things aren’t meant to be,” Hughes said, according to MLB.com.

Don’t lie, dude. We all know you have to be livid. If you feel the need to pull a Cartman on Gardenhire’s desk, nobody will blame you.

[via ESPN]

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