Edgar Renteria is insulted because the Giants offered him a measly $1 million. He said the Giants disrespected him. This from a part-time player who’s hurt all the time and earned $18 million the past 2 years for doing very little until his surprising World Series. He said he’d rather stay home than play for a crummy one mil.

What a bad attitude. Since when is $1 million an insult? Give it to me and I won’t feel insulted. Athletes are so out of touch with real life. People are losing their homes and life savings and this preposterous man is griping about a fortune. Renteria needs to get a grip. And if he wants to stay home, backup shortstops are a dime a dozen

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  1. D. Devil's Advocate, Esq.

    Especially with them Bush tax cuts set to continue.

    Just give ‘em the scissor. There’ll be plenty eager to fill his spot for half that amount.

    December 17th, 2010 4:13 pm

  2. Jim Bancroft

    It’s all relative. He’s insulted because others in baseball are making more, and I’m sure he thinks he’s worth what they’re getting– he didn’t mean to get hurt after all, and now that he’s healthy he can prove it. That’s the thinking at least.

    If you were making $40k, and your coworker made $75k, and you thought you could do a better job than they did, but were out sick or had to pick up someone else’s slack, wouldn’t you feel insulted too? Same idea, just the dollar signs are much different.

    Of course on planet Earth most of us would take $1mil to play baseball and pinch ourselves for our good luck.

    December 17th, 2010 4:37 pm

  3. B-Rad

    Mr, Cohn:
    It will be interesting to see what he eventually signs for. Wait a minute.
    You’re going to be upset that I ended a sentence with a preposition.
    Mustn’t hang those darn things out there.
    Hopefully Singletary will be making $5 mil over the next two years
    for doing nothing. But don’t count on it.

    December 17th, 2010 4:59 pm

  4. KauaiRobert

    They’ll just wait to see what other offers he gets–if any.
    I don’t see any other team topping $1 mil for a part-timer.
    At that point, he can choose–play or stay home with the family.
    If this is a ploy, it won’t work.
    I think he’ll be back.
    But just in case…
    Nice knowing you Edgar.
    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

    December 17th, 2010 5:02 pm

  5. Stan

    Your really taking the simple minded no respect route huh Lowell?.Black and white,take it or leave it-right? Despite that the Giants had high praise for Huff..and never gave him a take it or,etc, stance,you dont see a double standard that Uribe and Renteria(even Gino) are told what you did doesnt matter to us that we wont let you go-YOU can be replaced.
    The Giants treatment in attitude towards the player is seen by the Latin community post WS. It’s almost like they feel no pain to see them go..but Ross,Huff,Burrell,and Fontenot are blown kisses. Yes, its subtle..but I noticed it.

    December 17th, 2010 6:23 pm

  6. Stan

    And it wouldn’t be like the Giants to overpay a player they like? hmm Lowell?
    Suddenly some parts of the clubhouse arent quite as important as other parts to the Giants..

    December 17th, 2010 6:26 pm

  7. Neal

    Can’t compare Athletes to the Real world. I actually think that Renteria salary of a million bucks is a insult. I am thinking if the Giants offered him 2.5 to 3 million that would of been fair. To me it shows that Sabean didnot really want him.

    December 17th, 2010 7:25 pm

  8. glenellen

    On Huff, they had to match the dodgers offer since they wanted him back.
    Renteria played in just 72 games. Yes he was great in the playoffs, oh well. He sure told them what to do with their mill.

    December 17th, 2010 7:26 pm

  9. Neal

    Also Lowell, that was another of Brian Sabean doing’s of over paying athlethes past their prime. That salary was very high to begin with because Sabean signed him right out of the gate, if he waited he would of saved about 6 Million bucks.That salary didnot match the market place at the time.

    December 17th, 2010 7:36 pm

  10. tkh

    But for one swing of the bat we would not be having this discussion…fans wanted to run Renteria out of the park until that last home run….Burrell DID take 1 million and wasn’t disrespected…Huff played the whole season and was instrumental..so the comparisons do not hold up…it is not a latin issue….they just overpaid for Tejada for chrissakes….Renteria can feel disrespected all he wants….If he can get more from another team then go for it….18 million over two years for playing less than half the games is plenty of respect…..I don’t begrudge any athelete for getting the most he can…..but respect has nothing to do with it…if you can prove to be of a certain value you will get compensated otherwise….you will be sitting home with your family…it is the same song and dance we hear from every athelete who can’t admit they are at the end of the road..

    December 17th, 2010 7:36 pm

  11. SantaRosaTony

    Can we forget about the Giants for a while? This stuff is so trivial and tiresome. It’s one thing to talk about actual roster changes, but to spend time and space on junk like this is ridiculous.

    December 17th, 2010 7:52 pm

  12. Neal

    Although Lowell I do agree with you partically, he could of taken the high road and said the Giants over payed me and I under delivered due to injuries and now I am taking a pay cut because the Giants were good to me. But then again is that the reality, he is thinking this will be my last contract and its got to be good.

    December 17th, 2010 8:22 pm

  13. Jimmy

    “Can we forget about the Giants for a while? This stuff is so trivial and tiresome.”

    As opposed to what? The 49ers? Yes, let’s wallow in that pit some more.

    December 17th, 2010 8:39 pm

  14. jp

    Maybe Sabean is finally get’n some brains. How many F.A in the last 6 years have had injuries problems? And forget the B.S that he’s a club house leader, your paid to play baseball. Rentria will sign with Flordia for 1.5 mill. That’s no loss compared to loseing the real spark =URIBE= Look at Sabeans track record with injury proned F.A. Get rid [and eat half there contracts] Zito-Rowland-Sanchez-I could go on and on. Bochy was lucky with his moves last year. He was no doubt the manager of the year.

    December 17th, 2010 9:20 pm

  15. Exeterniner

    I say this to anybody. Feel free to disrespect me with a million dollars anytime. Make me feel like Rodney Dangerfield. I dare you.

    December 17th, 2010 9:33 pm

  16. D. Devil's Advocate

    Stan – Sucker please. Now it’s an anti-Latin bias? Uribe got paid his big money out of the affair and HE chose to leave. Renteria was talking retirement, but now that seems that may have been just a ploy to get paid. And what does any of this have to do with Ross and Fontenot?

    And Jim Bancroft, if you get hurt and can’t work at your 40k job, do you still get your full salary? Edgar did. He’s not a vital player, so if he doesn’t like it, he can leave. If he thinks he’s worth more, but no one will pay him, guess what, he’s not worth it.

    December 17th, 2010 9:37 pm

  17. Stan

    Thats the simple version,the simple way of looking at it. I pointed out the Giants were doing things in a direction that seemed to value the Latin player less than non Latin more than a week ago-I saw this coming.
    Look,its not dollars and sense per se,It’s-you make it clear what Huff did for the team and your appreciation Giant management and in public..so why the no public words of admiration or some typical American business sucking up for Uribe? or Rentaria? or placing value on their popularity with the huge bay area Latin community?. To be extreme-The Yanks would do that for far over the hill Jeter.
    With Uribe-the Giants MUST have told Uribe-”take it or leave it”. I think that -yes,part of his hurt pride meant its great revenge to sign with the Dodgers. A spurned lover,dudes.
    He would have stayed..just show respect and a true almost equal offer. They upped Huffs offer…

    December 17th, 2010 9:56 pm

  18. SantaRosaTony

    “Can we forget about the Giants for a while? This stuff is so trivial and tiresome.” As opposed to what? The 49ers? Yes, let’s wallow in that pit some more.

    Oh, there is so much more in Bay Area sports than the Giants and the 49ers. Cheap shot, Jimmy. I am asking that Mr. Cohn forget about Giants who are selfish and spend some space on actually interesting topics. I’d propose the Sharks, except Mr. Cohn never writes about hockey. Or I’d propose Cal volleyball, except Mr. Cohn probably doesn’t know it exists. So maybe I’ll propose the A;s, who have made some truly interesting signings lately.

    December 17th, 2010 9:59 pm

  19. Chris from Santa Rosa

    In my ideal world, professional athletes complain about the high salaries paid to teachers.

    December 17th, 2010 10:25 pm

  20. Stan

    btw-Rentaria has NEVER claimed another team would pay him more. Don’t some of you get it? The Giants arent stroking the Latin players as they do non Latin.
    Funny-it was important not to break up the Huff-Burrell bond as Giants PR put out. The bond between the Latin players and the bay area isnt valued much by SF.
    Call it as I see it.

    December 17th, 2010 10:58 pm

  21. Richard

    Edgar received a 2-year $18M contract for playing about one and a quarter years. Most baseball people thought that the Giants overpaid Renteria by about $4M per year. So if Edgar is offended by an offer of $1M (probably plus incentives) so be it, I could not care less. We thank you for the Game 5 winning home run – in fact, I think the Giants consider everything even, no hard feelings.

    December 18th, 2010 12:06 am

  22. Spencer

    The Giants offered Edgar $1 mil, while NO OTHER TEAM HAS OFFERED HIM ONE DIME! He has no right to be insulted, and he has been around long enough to know it is not personal (or racial, Stan). Over the course of the season, Burrell did more than Edgar, and he did not get his feelings hurt over being offered $1 million. Edgar, don’t be so thin skinned, and thanks for a great WS effort.

    December 18th, 2010 1:42 am

  23. Derek

    Here’s a guy who essentially had to be talked out of retirement at midseason–he himself thought he was washed up–who now thinks “only” one million dollars is some sort of insult…I wouldn’t mind being insulted like that. Adios, Edgar.

    December 18th, 2010 3:08 am

  24. Bob In Pacifica

    Curiously, Renteria spent the last to years sitting at home at 9 million per. No wonder he feels the offer is too low.

    December 18th, 2010 12:13 pm

  25. Stan

    Along with losing Molina last year..a lot of leadership and clutch hitting from Latinos has been let go in about a years time. If Pablo is sent down..it seems the double standard of carry your onw weight(yeah,pun intended at Pablo-lol) for Latins is stronger than non Latins.Look,it’s subtle is the best I can explain it-nothing grossly illegal or racist statements…just that vibe they give off that Latin players don’t quite “represent” as the kids say the Giant image of importance to the team.
    Its not overt -no,but something…

    December 18th, 2010 2:37 pm

  26. Stan

    The Giants you have to admit made it clear Huff “had ” to come back and nearly as much for Ross also. Burrell-well,he felt so wanted, sure he signed. He sure didnt make a diference in the playoffs and never has,even when he was with Phillie in his best years..not a clutch guy.
    Losing Uribe hurts. He carried the team the first half -as called team MVP at that time by FP and Bip. Then he tore it up in the playoffs, and then Edgar..

    December 18th, 2010 2:43 pm

  27. glenellen

    It seems odd that the Giants do not have a black player on the team.

    December 18th, 2010 5:38 pm

  28. CohnZohn

    What do you mean by “black” player? Certainly some of the Latins are black, Pablo Sandoval for one. So what are you getting at? What is your point?

    December 18th, 2010 6:25 pm

  29. glenellen

    African American, excuse me. There was something said during the World Series about this, that they are the first WS team in many years to not have one African Amereican player on the roster.

    December 18th, 2010 7:04 pm

  30. jp

    Stan: Wthat really is your problem? Burrell hit 23 hrs in 3 months for the Giants, he didn’t btch. What is it with you do think like the Giants are down on the latin players? If anything Rentria should give back 33% of his 2 year contract. He couldn’t play at full stenght for a season. Where is his loyality?

    December 18th, 2010 8:35 pm

  31. jp

    I stand corrected, Burrell 18 homers in 3 months. Maybe you should tell readers that we should’ve played [I can't catch] Valdez instead. If wasn’t for Burrel the series with S.D wouldn’t have meant anything. We’d have been about 4 games back in a 3 game series!

    December 18th, 2010 8:40 pm

  32. Spencer

    Stan, by saying the Uribe carried the team for the first half, you are disrespecting Huff, Torres and Posey, all of whom made significant contributions. Besides that, your statement is total BS. Give it up, man, you are just wrong.

    December 19th, 2010 11:43 am

  33. Stan

    Some people need to have a memo from Larry Baer saying-”Reduce the Latin players”..”Lowball ‘em works everytime”
    If you only knew how subtle and insidious favortism is based on like or not like your own kind,you would know that the Giants themselves might not even be conscious of it.
    That’s all I can tell you. You might get it.

    December 19th, 2010 8:47 pm

  34. Matt

    Stan: Your argument is a complete joke. Burrell signed a one year – $1 million dollar contract. The same deal that was offered to Renteria. Did he feel insulted or disrespected? No. In fact, he negotiated that contract himself. Sure, Edgar had a fantastic World Series. His MVP Trophy proves that right there. But his regular season was riddled with injury and his contributions were minimal. And yes, the struggles Pat had during the playoffs are well documented, but his regular season play is a key reason we were there in the 1st place. So please, quit your self-righteous, and rather bogus, racial claims regarding the way the Giants operate. They did just sign Tejada you know? Or is he not Latin enough for you?

    Also, Glen Ellen: Our entire team centered around an African American player by the name of Barry Bonds for years and our history revolves around the likes of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orland Cepeda. You know, the ones with statues outside of the stadium? So just like Stan, you may take your ridiculous assertions elsewhere. Thanks.

    December 20th, 2010 11:54 am

  35. Stan

    Matt, I think I was waaaay ahead of the curve as pertaining Rentaria’s answer. I called it more than a week earlier and you can’t be more accurate than that. And Edgar’s answer made my point. Agree with him or not-that’s what he felt.

    December 21st, 2010 3:56 pm

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