Found May 17, 2013 on
The Other Paper:
It's seems pretty tough to find a role model in sports these days but, if you look in the dictionary under honesty, Jeremy Affeldt may just fit the description.
In 2010, the relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants says he was overpaid by $500,000 thanks to a contract error that wrongly awarded him more than the $10 million previously agreed upon. The mistake was signed off by both him and his team before the typing error was discovered.
When Affeldt realized the unintended bonus, he says he returned the extra money and asked that his contract be rewritten.
The 33-year-old Affeldt, who describes himself as an avid Christian and father, details the six-digit mistake in his new book, To Stir a Movement.
He claims that the Players Association, his agent Michael Moye as well as Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans all approved of him keeping the $500,000 after he brought it to their attention.
Affeldt, who has been in the major leagues since 2002, recalled his agent's reaction in his book, "You know what? As your agent I've got to tell you that legally you can keep it. As a man who represents integrity, I'm saying you should give it back."
And that's exactly what he did.
"I talked to Bobby the next day and said, 'I can't take that money,'" Affeldt writes. "I won't sleep well at night knowing I took that money because every time I open my pay check I'll know it's not right."
Affeldt sat down and had the contract re-written, subtracting $500,000 from his pay.
Last winter Affeldt signed a new $18 million three-year contract with the Giants.
He believes he was given the more than four-fold pay raise because of his honesty and ultimate decision to make good with his employers. But helping the Giants win two World Series in the last three years couldn't hurt either.
BEST OF MAXIM
If you’re looking for some good San Francisco Giants talk. You should follow Marty Lurie. Today he sent out a tweet to get fans baseball juices flowing. Lurie said (via Twitter) it’s time to pull Ryan Vogelsong from the rotation. “He is killing the ‘pen & the affect on the rest of the staff is not worth another start.”
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle snowballs...
“A lot of us in the organization said he reminded us of Buster Posey,” said Richmond Flying Squirrels hitting coach, Ken Joyce. “In the sense that he has that same demeanor. He has that attitude in the way he goes about his business. He’s professional, came from a decent family, and a good school at St. John’s.”
That kind of summation of a player sounds like something...
Last night was a good night if you’re a San Francisco Giants fan, but a sad night for the rest of the Bay Area (Warriors/Sharks). The night started just like it did in Toronto, the Giants found themselves in a deep hole. However, this night ended much differently. They found a way to erase a 6-run deficit to beat the Rockies. This is the Giants 10th straight win over the Rockies...
The San Francisco Giants say former minor league coach Victor Torres has died. He was 61.
Torres, a hitting coach and instructor in the club's player development department the past six years, died Wednesday in Florida, the team said Friday. No other details were provided.
The Giants said Torres would be deeply missed. General manager Brian Sabean says ''Victor was...
Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is an all-around good guy — or dumb, depending on who you ask.
Affeldt was set to earn $4 million in 2010 as part of a two-year, $10 million contract, but someone made a $500,000 mistake. When Affeldt’s 2010 salary was rewritten into his new contract with the Giants, someone put $4.5 million instead of the $4 million he was supposed to be paid....
San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean sat down
with Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area to discuss several topics surrounding the
team. One name that came up was former Giants closer Brian Wilson. While Sabean
doesn’t appear ready to close the door on Wilson rejoining San Francisco, he
hasn’t had much contact recently with the right-hander.
When asked if he’s...
The San Francisco Giants may soon see Santiago Casilla back in their bullpen. The recently-extended reliever has been sidelined with a cyst in his right knee. The cyst was causing enough pain that Casilla had to take some time away. However, he threw off a mound on Tuesday and feels ready to go says Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area.
Casilla threw off a mound yesterday, said...
The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s are struggling right now.
A combined 0-4 record over the last two days has been a downer for Bay Area baseball fans, as they have been outscored 33-16. However, there are a couple new prospects in their farm systems who are performing quite well.
Kensuke Tanaka – 2B, Fresno Grizzlies
This guy has been a real surprise for the Grizzlies...
It looks like the Giants may soon stop having faith in all of its starting five, with Ryan Vogelsong being the first pitcher to take a fall.
It’s been hard to watch the pitching fail this season. Maybe it’s our fault for expecting so much…but wow, this isn’t just a few rough starts now. Cain and Lincecum at least have had a couple of good starts recently, but it’s not...
Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning, Matt Cain settled down after a shaky start and the San Francisco Giants won their 10th straight over Colorado, rallying from a six-run deficit to beat the Rockies 8-6 on Thursday night.
Brandon Crawford added a three-run double to help San Francisco and Marco Scutaro extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
The Colorado Rockies got to Matt Cain early.
It wasn't enough.
Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning, Cain settled down after a shaky start and the Giants rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Rockies for the 10th straight time, 8-6 on Thursday night.
Wilin Rosario, Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado went deep to put Colorado ahead 6-0 in the third...
Don’t look now but the Toronto Blue Jays have won 4 games in a row, including a dominate 2 game mini-series sweep against the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The Blue Jays outscored the Giants 21 to 9 banging out 29 hits in the two games played at the Rogers Centre .
Former Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera received his World Series ring from Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, a...
The San Francisco Giants have crossed the border for a series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Whenever two teams who rarely play each other face off it makes for an interesting batting practice. Well Pablo Sandoval and Munenori Kawasaki got together and it was safe to say that Kawasaki was left speechless. Pablo decided to show Munenori his tattoo sleeve on his left arm and well...
Though they had Marco Scutaro only for a brief time, the Colorado Rockies might regret sending him to the San Francisco Giants.
Scutaro has ripped apart Colorado pitching since that trade - as have many of his teammates while the Giants have dominated this NL West rivalry - and he's on a roll going into a four-game set at Coors Field starting Thursday night.