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All-stars line up for bonuses

No extra money for ‘well-paid’ 7 Yankees

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NEW YORK — For 43 players, being an all-star isn't merely an honor, it also means cash.

Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles and Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers led the way with $100,000 bonuses, according to a survey of their contracts by the Associated Press.

Pittsburgh's Brian Giles and Montreal's Vladimir Guerrero will make more money in future years because they were picked: Giles' salary in both the 2003 and 2004 seasons goes up from $7 million to $7.5 million, and Guerrero's salary in 2003 increases from $11 million to $11.5 million.

None of the seven players on the New York Yankees got any bonus money.

"We basically don't give 'star' bonuses," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "With what we pay our players, we feel we should have seven All-Stars."

Players will receive $1,875,000 in bonuses for getting picked to play in Tuesday's game at Seattle, down from $2,035,000 last year.

Park's bonus made him the 24th member of baseball's $10 million club, which already included Dodgers teammates Kevin Brown ($15,714,286) and Shawn Green ($12,166,667).

Manny Ramirez gets a $75,000 bonus as part of his new contract with Boston, and Juan Gonzalez, signed by Cleveland to replace Ramirez's offense, also gets $75,000.

In addition to their salary increases, Giles gets a $50,000 bonus and Guerrero gets $25,000.

The Mets' Mike Piazza, among 20 players to receive $50,000 bonuses, is donating half of his money to the families of three New York City firemen who were killed June 17 trying to put out a blaze near Shea Stadium.

Sixteen players get bonuses of $25,000 apiece, Magglio Ordonez of the Chicago White Sox gets $15,000 and Moises Alou of Houston receives $10,000.

Seventeen of the 60 players picked for the game don't get bonus money.

Last year's total includes $250,000 that went to six players picked as replacements for injured all-stars.