quote:Is that how it works,the more money the more opportunity to succeed?
My perspective on this is the player needs to forget the issue of money the day after he signs his contract.
From that point on, how it really works is you play 144 games with 7-8 off days, every AB in every game is graded and reported to the MLB team before the manager goes to bed each night/morning, and people you, as the player, rarely see or talk with, make decisions about playing time, player movement, signings and releases.
While it is a reality of business that some levels of bonus money will provide more chances to succeed or fail, I think a player is fooling himself by even having that in his thinking.
When you have played 125 games, it is August 1st, 100 degrees and 95% humidity for the Sunday 1pm start, your focus is on how badly you ache, how tired you are, and getting yourself mentally and physically prepared to play this game as if it is the 1st game of the season. Your job is getting yourself mentally ready so you are better today than you were yesterday. Your job is controlling what you can do on that field today to get another chance tomorrow.
And then you finish that game, get on a 8-12 hour bus ride, and start again tomorrow, while someone reporting to the GM for the major league team reviews your managers game report, charts it, and includes it in what it means to that organizations needs.