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MLB pitcher Phil Hughes could lose $500,000 bonus due to rain delay – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 23rd, 2014 by Ian

MLB pitcher Phil Hughes could lose $500,000 bonus due to rain delay
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It’s quite common for professional athletes to have bonus clauses inserted into their contracts which sees them earn extra money if they reach specific team or personal goals. One such clause for many Major League Baseball pitchers is to be rewarded if they pitch a certain amount of innings in a season. For example, Phil Hughes, a pitcher with the Minnesota Twins, will be awarded a $500,000 bonus if he manages to pitch 210 innings this year.

Hughes has appeared in 201.2 innings so far in 2014 and has just one more scheduled start to go, which will be this Wednesday, September 24 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, it’s highly unlikely that Hughes will reach the required number of innings pitched to cash in on his half-million dollar bonus. And the reason for this could be a rain delay that interrupted his pitching rotation a couple of weeks ago.

For Hughes to reach the 210 innings-pitched mark he will have to stay in the game until the ninth inning against Arizona in his last outing. In addition, he’ll need to record at least one out in that inning. This means he’s going to have to have one of his best outings of the season since he has averaged 6.5 innings pitched per start so far this campaign. Also, he hasn’t reached the ninth inning in any game since the first half of the 2012 MLB season.

Hughes was supposed to start for the Twins back on Friday, September 12 against the Chicago White Sox, but the game was postponed due to rain. The game was played the next day and Hughes was the starting pitcher. However, if Hughes had pitched on Sept. 12 as scheduled he would have pitched against Arizona this Tuesday instead of Wednesday and would also have been in line to start in the Twins final game of the season on Sunday, September 28.

If Hughes starting rotation hadn’t been changed because of the postponement it would have meant he’d have two more starts to pitch the 8.1 innings needed to reach the bonus. Because of the rain, he now has just one game to reach the 210 innings and $500,000 payday. It’s possible that he could still do it, but of course it depends on how the game is going and how generous the manager is feeling. Either way, Hughes has already cashed in on a bonus this season when he was awarded $500,000 for pitching 195 innings.

 
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