The NFL might have passed baseball as America’s favorite pro league, but MLB still is on top in one respect: player salaries.
The average salary for baseball players in the U.S. stands at $3.3 million, dwarfing the average NFL contract of $1.9 million. Not to mention, while some football contract money is guaranteed up front, much of it still remains in yearly wages that can be knocked out if you’re cut from a team. Baseball players? Nope. You basically have to get suspended or kicked out of the league to miss out on your guaranteed cash.
Now, we’ve reached the MLB playoffs — where the four remaining teams have shelled out $630 million in payroll, with no single one of them shouldering less than nine digits. To celebrate, FinancesOnline.com has come up with a stunning infographic looking at the dollars and cents behind some of the frontrunners for this year’s top MLB awards.
- Don Mattingly oversees a $228.5 million team — the second-highest payroll in baseball — that was in the bottom half of the league in runs scored, yet still managed to rip off 90 wins to win the NL West.
- Andrew McCutcheon, the NL MVP favorite, made $29,605 per game. Miguel Cabrera, the AL favorite … $146,853.
- NL Comeback Player of the Year favorite Francisco Liriano was paid just $40,000 per game to rack up 16 wins, 155 strikeouts and an ERA south of 3. (And another fun note — the award came to be as a partnership between MLB and Viagra.)
Check out the full infographic here to see just how much was shelled out to Mariano Rivera, Clayton Kershaw and others this season in the name of good old-fashioned American sports.