The Toronto Blue Jays surprised many people when they released Troy Tulowitzki earlier this month.
One of the team’s most beloved players, Tulowitzki missed the entirety of last season due to injury. Now 34, it’s unlikely that he’ll be an everyday shortstop going forward — which is a situation he didn’t sound particularly fond of.
“If someone’s better than me, I’ll pack my bags and go home,” Tulowitzki told reporters in August.
As a rebuilding team, the Blue Jays decided to part ways with Tulo rather than risk having a malcontent in the room.
The problem? He has two years left on his contract, meaning the Blue Jays will pay him $38 million to not play baseball.
That’s a figure so staggering, even Bette Midler has weighed in on the subject.
Yes, you read that right.
The 73-year-old American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer has made a lot of money in her career, but even she can’t believe what Tulo’s going to get paid.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 22, 2018
Have always loved Bette 😉 Who knew she followed the #BlueJays?
— Cheryl Fullerton (@CherylFull) December 22, 2018
But can you not play shortstop?
— Dawn Bernstein (@guitardawn) December 22, 2018
Sign her up @MarkShapiro
— JuveRob (@Jabronirob) December 22, 2018
Let me get my chequebook out #windbeneathmywings
— Marc Anthony🇨🇦🇲🇹 (@markyBananas) December 22, 2018
162 games in 180 days. I think you could make more money than 37 million for 162 dates. pic.twitter.com/XhRFx3Xb1l
— Tommy Yore (@yore_tommy) December 22, 2018
— Torchlakegirl (@torchlakegirl3) December 22, 2018