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Fatherly Advice For Jeff Petry

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“He told me the key to success is to work hard,” Petry said. “He said when you have guys with equal or more talent, the difference is going to be the guys who work the hardest.”

Petry’s dad knows something about working hard and succeeding in professional sports. Dan Petry pitched in the major leagues for 13 seasons, winning a World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1984 and winning a division title with the Atlanta Braves in 1991.

Dan Petry was known as a workhorse, piling up the innings and giving relievers a break. He had a career record of 125-104 and had 52 complete games in an era when five or six good innings were regarded as a quality start.

Jeff Petry said he doesn’t remember seeing his father pitch — he was only 3 when his father retired — but can remember being around the clubhouse and sitting in the stands.

Jeff and his older brother, Matt, both played baseball and hockey growing up in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Mich., but they took different paths when they reached the point in their careers when they had to choose one sport over the other.

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(Trivia note: Petry’s contract gives him a shade over $3 million this season; in his best season Dan Petry earned $975,000 with the Tigers in 1987 and he earned less than $6 million in his entire career.)

Wow. 9 current Tigers make more in one year than Dan Petry did in his career.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from La La Land on 03/05/15 at 02:17 PM ET

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FYI $975k in 1987 is about $2M in today’s dollars…as you have to adjust for inflation and buying power…

Posted by d ca on 03/06/15 at 08:41 AM ET

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BTW: The trivia note is incorrect as Dan Petry had career earnings over $6M.

The writer used Baseball Reference’s page to get a figure of $5.985M: however, it does note on that page that salary information is incomplete (missing the ‘79,‘80,‘81, and ‘84 contract values). These amounts were 21k, 30k, 32k, and unknown according to Baseball Almanac’s page. Even with the known figures that means he had over $6M.

Please edit the article to accurately reflect reality. In addition adjusting these for inflation meant career earnings of over $12M in today’s dollars—if you are going to do an apples to apples comparison.
Her is Dan Petry’s earnings adjusted for inflation by year starting with ‘79:

Posted by d ca on 03/06/15 at 12:04 PM ET

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