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, 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.
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.
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