The most honest athlete in America? Baseball player overpaid by $500 THOUSAND returns cash to his team
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In 2010, the relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants says he was overpaid by $500,000 thanks to a contract error that wrongly awarded him $4.5 million instead of the $4 million previously agreed upon. Sealing the deal, the mistake was signed off by both him and his team before it was caught.
When Affeldt realized the 12.5 percent pay increase he says he returned the extra money and asked that his contract be rewritten.
Honest man: Jeremy Affeldt of the San Francisco Giants claims that in 2010 his team over paid him by $500,000 but catching the mistake he gave it back and asked for a new contract
Admission: Affeldt reveals the pricy clerical error in his new book, To Stir a Movement, while describing his agent, the Players Association and the Giant’s assistant general manager all telling him he could keep the money
Affeldt, who describes himself as an avid Christian and father, details the six-digit mistake in his new book, To Stir a Movement.
He claims that the Players Association, his agent Michael Moye as well as Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans all approved of him keeping the $500,000 after he brought it to their attention.
As he recalls of his agent’s reaction in his book, recently reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle:
‘You know what? As your agent I’ve got to tell you that legally you can keep it. As a man who represents integrity, I’m saying you should give it back.’
And that’s exactly what he did.
‘I talked to Bobby the next day and said, “I can’t take that money,” Affeldt writes. ‘”I won’t sleep well at night knowing I took that money because every time I open my pay check I’ll know it’s not right.”‘
Other life: Affeldt, who has pitched with the Giants during their last two World Series wins over the last three years, publicly shows himself as a Christian and a family man
Affeldt sat down and had the contract re-written, subtracting $500,000 from his pay.
Last winter Affeldt signed a new $18 million three-year contract with the Giants.
He believes he was given the more than 4-fold pay raise because of his honesty and ultimate decision.
Others note the Giant’s winning two World Series in the last three years as a likely reason as well.