Talk:List of highest paid Major League Baseball players
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Data after 1985
Data after 1985 is verified through research by Doug Pappas, chairman of SABR's Business of Baseball Committee.
- Mind you, Pappas only gives amounts for each individual year. The lifetime totals were added up by me and my calculator. Kingturtle 00:09, 10 Apr 2004 (UTC)
Any need to mention if retired (some are, aome aren't) --Rj 00:29, Apr 10, 2004 (UTC)
- I had mentioned which players were retired so readers could see who would be making more money this year, and who wouldn't be. Kingturtle 00:52, 10 Apr 2004 (UTC)
would be interesting to show highest paid indexed to inflation--Confuzion 08:49, 12 Jun 2004 (UTC)
- If you want to do the math, be our guest :) Kingturtle 05:08, 13 Jun 2004 (UTC)
- Wow, I just totaled the salaries of the highest 100 MLB players and got $1.175 billion per year. According to the World Bank, that total is higher than the GDP of 28 countries. Synesthetic 11:06, 13 August 2007 (UTC)
- Joe Mauer does not belong on the chart listing the top-twenty five highest paid players. First of all, it's based on 2009 salaries (as the header obviously points out), and Mauer's contract extension is for the 2011 - 2018 seasons. He'll still make only $12.5 million for this upcoming (2010) season based on his current contract that was to expire at the end of the 2010 season. SpaceJunkie (talk) 03:35, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
Annual salaries by year
The following chart reveals the evolution of the highest paid player in Major League Baseball. A player's yearly salary is considered to be for the maximum value of the contract divided by the term of the contract in years.
YEAR SALARY/YR PLAYER TEAM/ORGANIZATION 1927 $70,000 Babe Ruth New York Yankees 1930 $80,000 Babe Ruth New York Yankees 1949 $100,000 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 1966 $130,000 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants 1972 $200,000 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves 1975 $740,000 Catfish Hunter New York Yankees
1979 $1,000,000 Nolan Ryan Houston Astros 1981 $2,000,000 Dave Winfield New York Yankees 1985 $2,130,300 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 1986 $2,800,000 George Foster New York Mets 1990 $3,000,000 Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 1991 $4,700,000 José Canseco Oakland Athletics 1992 $5,800,000 Bobby Bonilla New York Mets 1993 $5,975,000* Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs 1995 $9,237,500 Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers 1997 $10,000,000 Albert Belle Chicago White Sox 1998 $14,936,667 Gary Sheffield Florida Marlins 2000 $15,714,286 Kevin Brown Los Angeles Dodgers 2001 $22,000,000 Alex Rodriguez Texas Rangers 2005 $26,000,000 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees 2009 $33,000,000 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
*Ryne Sandberg's 1993 contract was originally for $7,100,000 per year, but he retired before the contract expired and forfeited the back-loaded end of the contract.
Note for future
- Another useful table/link for future editors. 2 Staxringold talkcontribs 15:16, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
Proposed removal of redundant publisher information
A number of citations in this article unnecessarily include the publisher for periodicals and websites that have their own Wikipedia article. This information has no value to anyone wanting to check or track down references. For example, publisher=Washington Post Company for references to The Washington Post, or publisher=MLB Advanced Media for references to MLB.com, only make the article longer - significantly longer when repeated many times - without adding anything useful. Therefore I plan to upgrade the article's citations to remove all such redundant publisher info, bringing them into line with the recommended use of the cite template (see Template:Citation#Publisher). I'll also remove redundant 'location' parameters (e.g. work=New York Times|location=New York), as suggested by the template's usage guidelines. Please raise any questions here or on my talk page. Colonies Chris (talk) 15:15, 26 November 2012 (UTC)