Tyler Cyr is making a name for himself. The San Francisco Giants minor league relief pitcher has climbed the organizational ladder, from rookie ball in 2015, to Triple-A Sacramento — one rung below the major leagues — this past season.
What he is not making: Money.
In an attempt to shine a light on the plight of minor league baseball prospects, Cyr took to Twitter on Monday to share his paycheck. Which took some courage.
Cyr’s contract was worth $10,275. His net pay was $8,216.58, as he showed with a tweet and a photo.
During his minor league career, Cyr has compiled a 12-10 record with 29 saves and a 2.76 ERA.
He was promoted from the Flying Squirrels to Sacramento in the second half of this season, after participating in the Double-A All-Star Game in Richmond.
He tweeted that since being drafted (in the 10th round in 2015) he has paid to play baseball — $94 in 2016; $112 in 2017; $1,250 in 2018; and $487.64 in 2019.
Cyr revealed that in past offseasons he has worked as a landscaper, a Lululemon clerk and a server to make extra money.
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Cyr said his tweets were in no way a reflection on the Giants organization, but rather an indictment on Minor League Baseball as a whole.
The Giants “are one of the frontrunners in supporting their minor-leaguers and giving us the opportunity to succeed by taking care of the small things,” Cyr told the Chronicle. “The Giants are a first-class organization and go above and beyond what other teams do.”
He must love the game, even when the game doesn’t love him back. Because it appears he has options.
Cyr attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. According to the school’s website, Embry-Riddle is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.
Again, referring to the school’s website, Embry-Riddle offers a degree in aerospace engineering.
Want to know how much an aerospace engineer makes? According to Glassdoor, between $88,700 and $134,000 in San Jose.
It appears Cyr decided to raise awareness of minor league poverty when minor league pitcher Randy Dobnak, who had to drive for Uber to supplement his income during spring training, was promoted to the Twins major league roster and pitched against the Yankees in the ALDS.
Yankees fans chanted “Uber” at Dobnak while he was pitching.