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Cardinals: Nothing's cheap

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 18, 2010 -  Mary Delach Leonard and I were chatting during the cliffhanger with the Nationals:


me: thank goodness, now let matt do SOMETHING


Mary: How much did Holliday's walk cost vs. Ludwick's HR?

me: that's math - but it could be a blog item...

So, curiosity was piqued.

Going to ESPN, I find that Ryan Ludwick is projected to have 603 at bats this year, for which he will be paid $5,450,000.

Matt Holliday is expected to have 598 at bats (hey, I don't know why ESPN figures Holliday will have more days off, I'm just reporting) with an annual take of $16,333,327.

By my calculator: Ludwick's 8th inning at bat cost $9,038.14. Holliday's walk? $27,313.25.

I refuse to check the cost of a pinch runner getting picked off of first.

Beacon staff writer Mary Delach Leonard  and features and commentary editor Donna Korando are combining to present Two Chicks Talkin' about the Birds, a look at baseball in St. Louis from the cheap seats by long-time fans.

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.

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