Your salary vs. a major league baseball player’s salary

Online Sports Marketing Guy:

Have you ever wondered how much money you make compared to a Major League Baseball player? The interactive visualization can be used to compare your salary and the average US worker’s salary to any MLB player across several different statistics from the 2013 season.

Take my advise – do not do this. It’s way too depressing.

  • Moeskido

    It starts a lot earlier than pro ball. My wife got an English degree at a state university that took her tuition money and taught her classes in crumbling basements while the varsity teams were being built new luxury facilities.

  • JohnDoey

    This is unfair to ballplayers.

    If you want to be in the Major Leagues, you have to start playing baseball when you’re like 5 years old. By the time a typical player signs a million dollar contract, he has already been playing baseball for 25 years, including 5 years in the majors making the minimum salary, and 5 years of professional baseball in the minor leagues, taking 30 hour bus rides between games. Plus college and high school and little league.

    So when you see a guy making $5 million per year, that is not really just for that year. He had to first do all the minimum contracts and the lifetime of baseball just to get himself into that position to sign the big contract. And he will likely be done with baseball by 5 years later. The money has to last the rest of his life.

    And he has to move around to different cities, which is not only expensive, it impacts his wife’s earning potential as she works around that.

    And for every guy who makes it like that, there are hundreds who never get close to the million dollar contract, even after 20, 25 years of playing baseball.

    And it’s not a cushy job. The typical pitcher has elbow surgery before he is 30 because he has worn out the ligaments. They take ligaments from elsewhere in your body and put them into the elbow. There are MLB pitchers who have had this operation 2 and 3 times.

    Angel Pagan of the SF Giants had a hamstring tendon that was so messed up from playing baseball that the doctors just took it out. He has to do a special workout to strengthen the remaining 2 tendons that are holding on his hamstring. But he could be running the bases at any time and his hamstring just comes off the bone.

    Not to say that a guy making $5 million a year is suffering, but it is not as simple as, “he’s going to make $30,000 per game this year.” He had to play thousands of games for free, then thousands for cheap, just to get to that first $30,000 game.

    • Moeskido

      And before that, how much of his academic career was likely waved off because of his privileged status?

    • Buckeyestar

      Please, don’t ask us to weep for the privileged. If you ask nearly anyone eking out a living working a thankless, menial job just to get get by, I’d warrant that nearly every one of them would trade a numb elbow or hamstring for the absurdly ridiculous salary these athletes “earn”. What of the soldiers sacrificing much more for a comparative pittance.

      And that money has to last him the rest of his life? $30,000 dollars a game would allow me to live comfortably for the rest of my life in less than one year. It sickens me when people try to rationalize this as being reasonable. The fact is that they get lavished with praise and riches for playing a child’s game.

    • “This is unfair to ballplayers.”

      How so? It’s just a comparison of salaries. What’s “unfair” about it?

    • This is unfair to ballplayers.

      It’s not unfair to ballplayers. It’s unfair to everyone that actually has to work for a living.

    • “Miguel Cabrera made $21,000,000 last season. At your current salary, it would take you 1,800 months (150.0 years) to ear than. It would take the average worker 5,600 months (466.7 years) to make that.”

      …sorry but your numbers just dont add up. Cabrera didnt endure 466 years worth of suffering to get his $21MM salary.

      some fancy mental gymnastics, tho.

  • JohnDrama

    “Take my advise”…

    Actually it should be ‘advice’, not ‘advise’.

    Advice = noun Advise = verb

    You’re welcome.

  • Too depressing? Compare your salary with a MINOR league ball player’s.

    You’ll feel better about yourself (and worse about the ball players who don’t make it to MLB)