How Many Millions Does MLB Pay for Success?

by Kyle Woodley | October 18, 2013 9:04 am

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, has come up with a stunning infographic[1] looking at the dollars and cents behind some of the frontrunners for this year’s top MLB awards.

Some highlights:

Check out the full infographic here[2] 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.

  1. a stunning infographic:
  2. full infographic here:

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