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All-Stars earn $1.9 million in bonuses

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NEW YORK — Edgardo Alfonzo cashed in on his All-Star selection before even leaving for the game.

The New York Mets second baseman earned $750,000 when he was picked Wednesday for the National League team: a $250,000 bonus plus raises of $250,000 in the final two seasons of his contract.

He is making $4.1 million this year in a four-year deal he agreed to in February 1999, a package that originally guaranteed him a minimum $18.4 million and already has been increased because he won a Silver Slugger award last year.

Because Alfonzo made the All-Star team, his salary rises to $5.85 million in 2001 and $6,075,000 in 2002. If Alfonzo makes the All-Star team again next year, his 2002 salary would increase to $6,575,000.

Montreal outfielder Vladimir Guerrero also was a big cash winner. He gets a $25,000 bonus now, and his salary in 2002, the final year of his contract, increases by $250,000 to $10.25 million.

Forty-one players earned a total of $1,915,000 in bonuses for making the All-Star team, while 20 of the All-Stars didn't have bonuses involving the game that will be played Tuesday in Atlanta.

Three players earned $100,000 each: Los Angeles pitcher Kevin Brown, Baltimore third baseman Cal Ripken and Seattle pitcher Aaron Sele.

Nineteen players get $50,000 apiece, while 14 get $25,000 apiece.

Dodgers outfielder Gary Sheffield gets $20,000, and three members of the Chicago White Sox get the smallest bonuses of $15,000 each: pitcher James Baldwin, infielder Ray Durham and outfielder Magglio Ordonez.