Rabbi Joshua Hess posted this piece about Gil (“Ga”) Meche, a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals turning aside $12 million and will retire. Meche, 31, pitched for ten seasons, never winning more than 15 games and leaving with a record of 84-83 and an earned run average of 4.49. He, who suffered an injury in an 0-5 season in 2010, decided he didn’t want to go through the process of surgery and rehab just to pick up a paycheck.
In Hess’ piece, he quotes Danny Knobler of cbssports.com as saying, “[Meche] was… about as average a major-league pitcher as you’re going to find. He did little on the mound to distinguish himself. Instead, it was the way he left the game that made him stand out.”
So is anyone else raising an eyebrow that an “average a major-league pitcher as you’re going to find” pulls down a $12 mil salary?