LSU’s Paul Mainieri and other top college baseball coaches making major-league money

    With small stadiums and sparse national TV for regular-season games, little about elite-level college baseball seems comparable to Major League Baseball. The compensation paid to top coaches, however, says otherwise, USA Today reports.

    At least nine college baseball coaches earn $1 million or more, a group that includes LSU’s Paul Mainieri, while at least 11 MLB managers are making $1 million or less, USA Today Sports surveys have found.

    Five of the big-money college skippers have guided their teams to this season’s NCAA College World Series, an eight-team event currently underway in Omaha.

    Among that quintet, Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin leads the list, with just over $1.3 million in total compensation for the 2017 calendar year, according to the private university’s most recent federal tax return.  

    Public-school coaches’ contracts can be used to determine their basic annual pay for the current season. The highest-paid CWS coaches among that group are Arkansas’ Dave Van Horn and Louisville’s Dan McDonnell, each making $1.1 million. That excludes incentive bonuses and the value of benefits, all of which are captured on private schools’ tax records.

    LSU’s Mainieri is at $1.225 million, including a $100,000 annual longevity payment that becomes due June 30. He has the largest compensation package among public-school coaches whose team reached the 16-team Super Regional stage.

    Interestingly, included in the group of MLB managers earning less than $1 million this season are three who work in three of baseball largest markets: The New York Mets’ Mickey Callaway ($950,000), the Boston Red Sox’s Alex Cora and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Gabe Kapler ($900,000 each).

    These salaries reflect a change in many major league teams’ power structure, with authority and control now being placed more in the hands of general managers and analytics experts rather than superstar managers who have household name recognition.

    Meanwhile, the most highly-paid and best-known coaches in NCAA football and men’s basketball now routinely get amounts that are comparable to those given their NFL and NBA brethren. Read the full story.

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