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#1 Thrylos

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

We all have read it by now. Alex Meyer is working as a substitute teacher during the off-season and makes $63 a day. That is the story. It was first told by David Woods, and Indy Star reporter. The original story is here. Now either Woods or his editor, to make it "more interesting", gave it an interesting title: "Millionaire pitcher Alex Meyer subs for $63/day". Probably "millionaire" refers to his signing bonus when drafted, which was $2 million dollars. No mention to the fact that he might not even make $50,000 a year in baseball and has about $20 food per diem by the team.

The story moved to every news outlet in the US and even crossed the ocean, where an Ashley Collman at the Daily Mail, penned this gem. The first sentence of the article:

Alex Meyer gets paid $2million as a baseball pitcher, but in his off-season from slugging for the Minnesota Twins, the 23-year-old accepts a meager $63 a day substitute teaching in his hometown

And the headline indicates that Meyer is "making $2 million a year".

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:57 PM

Also, there's no way he's only making $63 a day subbing... I guarantee it's closer to $150, but that's also not an important detail.

My guess is that Meyer, who is still not 40-man-roster eligible, is making the standard, $1,500-2,000 a month that all minor leaguers make.

But, as Jeremy Nygaard tweeted, having that $2 million (or whatever it is after taxes) in the bank certainly is helpful!

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 07:45 PM

Substitute teaching pay is lousy. Can make more as a horrible server at a decent bar, I've had both jobs, and I worked them concurrently until I became a full time AP Calculus teacher.

Here's Greensburg Community school pay where Alex Meyer has been working:

http://www.greensbur...equirements.pdf

A little less formal, but it's at the expected rate.

One of the top 10 richest school districts in the United States, Highland Park in Dallas, TX - also home to Matthew Stafford and Clayton Kershaw among many others is $85/day.


www.hpisd.org/Portals/0/docs/personnel/Sub%20Application.doc‎
The pay for a substitute teacher is $85.00 per day. In some cases substitutes are employed for a fraction of a day at correspondingly lower rates.

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 07:49 PM

Highland Park, Texas

http://www.city-data...Park-Texas.html

Estimated per capita income in 2011: $122,226

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $966,745
Texas : $127,700



and yet, that $85/day is the highest in the DFW metroplex.


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Posted 26 December 2013 - 07:53 PM

Also, there's no way he's only making $63 a day subbing... I guarantee it's closer to $150, but that's also not an important detail. !


In my district it's $75, so it may not be that far off.

ive always justified not taking days off just so that some poor person doesnt have to endure my kids without me for only $75. That seems cruel.

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 08:03 PM

Despite the inaccuracies, this makes me want to root for Mayer even more than before I read the story.

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 10:13 PM

To pile on...I sub'd for a year after I retired. I got $75 for elementary and $90 for middle or high school.

For middle school I should have gotten combat pay.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:30 AM

And now with obamacare, you can only substitute a certain number of times per week or the schools have to give health insurance so they are restricting the sub days

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:38 AM

And now with obamacare, you can only substitute a certain number of times per week or the schools have to give health insurance so they are restricting the sub days


I haven't heard that. In my district in Wisconsin, sub pay is $85 or $90, and if subs got health insurance they literally would have to pay in, not get paid.

$63 seems terribly low either way. Less than $8/hour?

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:20 AM

I actually read that article on the Daily Mail the other day. I can't remember what I was doing on the Daily Mail website, but I saw a Twins pitcher in a story link, and I thought it had to be interesting to make it onto a British paper. I looked, and in reading the article, you could tell it was written by somebody with no real knowledge of baseball. A "gem" is a good way to describe it.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:08 AM

I haven't heard that. In my district in Wisconsin, sub pay is $85 or $90, and if subs got health insurance they literally would have to pay in, not get paid.

$63 seems terribly low either way. Less than $8/hour?


Hence why subs are hard to find all over. So hats off to Alex, that's a thankless job.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 11:40 AM

It's not really mis-information. It's a pretty cool story regardless, it's pretty obvious he wasn't doing this for the money.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 01:17 PM

He'd make an intimidating classroom presence, given his height....

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 05:32 PM

I haven't heard that. In my district in Wisconsin, sub pay is $85 or $90, and if subs got health insurance they literally would have to pay in, not get paid.

$63 seems terribly low either way. Less than $8/hour?


I guess it depends on what is expected of them after school or before school. School around here starts at 9 and they are out by 3:30ish. That's a 6.5 hour day assuming they get no lunch break.

Still a neat story.

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 06:09 PM

A lot of misinformation. But a great story however you slice it. He's obviously not doing this for the money. I wouldn't be surprised if he put it in a kettle on his way home from school. But I can't think of a better way to spend your time in the offseason.
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Posted 28 December 2013 - 07:59 AM

I've always viewed teachers as a dime a dozen.

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 08:35 AM

He'd make an intimidating classroom presence, given his height....

I saw Meyer last year in Spring Training. While his height would be intimidating, the fact that he looks about 19 would take a lot of the intimidation factor away.

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 09:11 AM

I've always viewed teachers as a dime a dozen.


I'm not sure how to moderate this comment. It's either a joke or an opinion and both are fine.

If a joke... may I recommend a smiley face to indicate so.

If an opinion... To all TD posters... Do not get personal as you tear Marta Shearing apart. Getting personal is a violation of TD policy.

With that said... I will view from the cheap seats.
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Posted 28 December 2013 - 09:24 AM

I've always viewed moderators as a dime a dozen.

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 09:54 AM

I've always viewed teachers as a dime a dozen.


It's hard to be insulted by something so patently false. It's more sad this mentality persists - great teachers need more support not minimization.