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The World Series is played between the champion clubs of the American and the National Leagues, which collectively includes 29 clubs based in the United States and one club from Canada. The "modern" World Series has been and annual event since 1903. Baseball has employed various championship formulas since the 1860's. When the term "World Series" is used by itself, it is usually understood to refer to the "modern" World Series exclusively.
The World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff. Best-of-seven has been the format of all the modern World Series except in 1903, 1919, 1920 and 1921 when the winner was determined through a best-of-nine playoff. The Series winner is awarded the World Series Trophy, as well as individual World Series rings. The Series winner also receives a larger proportion of the gate receipts than does the Series loser.
The Cy Young Award
was then Commissioner Ford Frick's idea to honor the best pitcher in Major
League Baseball. Hard lessons were learned by the Chalmers Award (1911-1914)
earlier in history so the recipients of the Cy Young Award were selected by the
Baseball Writers Association of America from the inception of the award. During
the first eleven years (1956 - 1966), only one winner from Major League
Baseball was selected. Immediately after Commissioner Frick retired, the rules
were changed to honor the best pitcher from each league.
The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is an annual Major League Baseball award given to one outstanding player in both the American and National Leagues. Since 1931, it has been awarded by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The winners receive the Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award, which is named in honor of the first MLB commissioner, who served from 1920 to 1944. MVP voting takes place before the postseason but the results are not announced until after the World Series. The BBWAA began polling three writers in each league city in 1938, reducing that number to two per league city in 1961. The BBWAA does not offer a clear-cut definition of what "most valuable" means, instead leaving the judgment to the individual voters.
The 2014 salaries
for the top 25 Major League Baseball players on active rosters and disabled
lists. Figures were obtained by the Associated Press from management and player
sources and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses and other
guaranteed income. For some players, parts of salaries deferred without
interest are discounted to reflect present-day values
average salaries for the opening day rosters of the 30 major league teams.
Figures are based on documents obtained from the MLB Players Association, club
officials and filed with Major League Baseball's central office. Deferred
payments and incentive clauses are not included. Team payrolls do not include
money paid or received in trades or for players who have been released. In some
cases, parts of salaries deferred without interest are discounted to reflect
Jesse Orosco, 1252
2. Mike Stanton, 1178
3. John Franco, 1119
4. Mariano Rivera, 1115
5. Dennis Eckersley , 1071
6. Hoyt Wilhelm, 1070
7. Dan Plesac, 1064
8. Mike Timlin, 1058
9. Kent Tekulve, 1050
10.Trevor Hoffman, 1035
11. Jose Mesa, 1022
12. Lee Smith, 1022
13. Roberto Hernandez, 1010
14. Mike Jackson, 1005
15. Rich "Goose" Gossage, 1002
16. Lindy McDaniel ,987
17. Todd Jones, 982
18. David Weathers, 964
19. Rollie Fingers, 944
20. LaTroy Hawkins, 943
21. Gene Garber, 931
22. Eddie Guardado, 908
23. Cy Young, 906
24. Arthur Rhodes, 900
25. Sparky Lyle, 899
x-Kyle Farnsworth, 858
Players Closing In x-Ichiro Suzuki, 472
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