Catching up on Junior’s bonuses

After spending a much-needed, if not well-deserved, day off on Monday, which was spent at the fabulous Gold Mountain Golf Club — site of this weekend’s college tournament hosted by the University of Washington — this is a day for catching up on such things as emails.

A few of my readers from Uzbekistan, not to mention one from Azarbaijan, who apparently has nothing better to do, were wondering how many of Ken Griffey Jr.’s  incentive bonuses will be met this season.

Oh yes, a few folks from Japan also have inquired, not to mention several others from Afghanistan. Now I understand what WWW stands for.

Anyway, I did some research this afternoon and according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, a site that is not official but seems to have good information as far as I can tell, the following are the particulars of his one-year contact with the Mariners.

Junior received a $2 million base salary — and in my opinion, which is probably shared by my reader(s) in Kyrgyzstan, has been worth every penny of it — along with $3 million in possible bonuses.

And here they are:

* $250,000 bonuses each for 450 and 500 plate appearances. As of today, and prior to tonight’s game against the Rays, Junior has 356 at-bats, 57 walks, three sacrifice flies and has been hit by one pitch. As my reader from Turkmenistan would know, that totals up to be 417 plate appearances. As my reader(s) from Tajikistan realizes, Junior needs 33 more plate appearances to cash in one the first of those two bonuses.

* With 2.1 million in home attendance (it currently is 2.059 million), he would receive $100,000 for 300 plate appearances and $200,000 each for 350 and 400 plate appearances. Even my reader in Kazakhstan can say “Ka-ching”.

* Juinor also gets $200,000 each for 2.15 million fans and 350 plate-appearances; 2.2 million fans and 400 plate appearances; 2.25 million fans at 450 plate appearances and 2.3 million fans and 500 plate appearances. For my reader(s) in Pakistan, all that could be a little confusing.

Ahh, but there is more.

* If he is (was) on the 25-man roster on July 31 (which he of course was) he would receive $50,000 bonuses each time home attendance reaches 2.35 million, 2.4 million, 2.45 million, 2.5 million, 2.55 million and 2.6 million. My loyal reader(s) in Turkey probably figures none of those incentives will happen. Bummer.

* And if he’s on the roster on the final day of the season (my Seattle reader(s) know that is Oct. 4), Junior receives $100,000 each when home attendance reaches 2.65 million, 2.7 million, 2.75 million, 2.8 million, 2.95 million and 3 million.

* Other bonuses include $25,000 for All-Star reserve; $50,000 each for All-Star starter, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP, $100,000 each for Word Series MVP, Comeback Player of the Year and $150,000 for AL MVP.

If my readers from any country — even if it doesn’t end in a “stan” — has the time to figure all that out and get back to me on the grand total of Junior’s bonuses, I would much appreciate it.

— Jim Street

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