Semis: Phillies Have Ninth Highest Payroll in the World, Chase Utley’s Acting Skills, Bryce Harper Plays Softball

Kyle Scott - May 1, 2012

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So these two guys walk into a bar… 

Some bits of tid on the Philadelphia Phillies:

The Phillies have the ninth largest sports payroll in the world.

ESPN just released it’s highest-paying teams in the world list, which uses average annual player salary as a defining metric to rank teams. The Phillies, with their $5.8 million average salary, came in ninth. As you can see, the top ten is mostly comprised of European soccer teams. 

1) Barcelona

2) Real Madrid

3) Manchester City

4) Chelsea

5) Lakers

6) Yankees

7) AC Milan

8) Bayern Munich

9) Phillies

10) Inter-Milan


If you’re thinking, damn, I didn’t know soccer teams had such deep pockets, consider this: yesterday’s Manchester City-Manchester United match drew 650 million viewers* worldwide. This year’s Super Bowl? 118 million

*Though that number was being touted during the game, so it's likely inflated, heavily.

Moving on…

Brad Lidge had hernia surgery today in Philadelphia, so he’ll be shelved for the Nationals for a while.

David Herndon was placed on DL, the Phillies recalled Brian Sanches.

Hunter Pence had some unique bowling poses at a charity event on Sunday:

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Finally, videos! 

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We’ve unearthed a couple of Marucci Bats promos, filmed last summer, which feature Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Bryce Harper and some really hot chick talking wood. Must-watch stuff from Utley and Howard (includes the line "that's not big enough, I need more stick" from The Big Piece). Also included is video of Harper taking swings in a slow-pitch softball game in D.C. yesterday.


  • Jose from Norristown May 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm


  • Beez Nutz May 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Hunter Pence really needs to start focusing on baseball.
    Cant wait til he’s gone and the cities everlasting bah low job can end.
    NO LOVE,
    Beez Nutz

  • 3 Finger Lenny May 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    all i can do is just SMH @ that 1st pic

  • Shaun May 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    As annyoing as Harper is that’s pretty bad ass hahaha

  • San dusk e May 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I’m sure it was a free tix

  • Ron Noel May 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I hope Harper develops a drug problem & is out of baseball in a few years. Hopefully broke too by wasting his $$ on coke & strippers

  • NickFromGermantown May 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    The salary list is misleading. That ordering is average salary per player, not total money paid.

  • Jose from Norristown May 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    @Ron Noel, that’s my dream to go out doing coke n bangin strippers!

  • Jason May 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Whoever is pitching to Harper is horrible.

  • James May 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I hate the guy, but props to Harper for just being one of the guys.
    That said, I would have laughed my ass off if he’d pulled an ab muscle on those swings. Kinda bone-headed thing to do, something out of the Adam Eaton or Joba Chamberlain book.

  • monster beats studio May 2, 2012 at 3:05 am

    For those who have already bought tickets, you should have received an email this week with details about check-in. There will be a second email, on Monday or Tuesday, with information about parking and exact bus locations.

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