Top 3 MLB Earners

March 4th, 2013

This guest post was written by Liam, who is an avid fan of MLB and regularly tunes in. He also runs his own website at bonusbetting.org.uk, with this publishing the latest sports betting deals from around the world.

When it comes to any sport in America, most teams will shell out whatever it takes to keep an athlete. This is especially the case in MLB and while NFL and NBA players can also coin in ridiculous sums, baseball is the sport where the biggest cheques appear to be cashed.

Furthermore, while you and I might be suffering from the effects of the financial crisis, this is something that doesn’t appear to be affecting the sport’s athletes in the slightest. In fact, most of them are pocketing huge increases every year, meaning that there really is only one way in which MLB is heading.

Following on from the above, I’ll now take a look at three players in baseball that take home the most money each year. Suffice to say, the sums are absolutely staggering…

#1 - Alex Rodriguez

Just like practically all of the big hitters in baseball, you don’t have to be a huge fan of the sport to know who Alex Rodriguez is. While he might be regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, the 37-year-old is also something of a celebrity and has dated a string of A-list stars which has always cast his name to the front of the newspapers.

From a MLB perspective, Rodriguez has been an absolute revelation. After making his debut back in 1994, he has broken countless records such as being the youngest man to hit 500 and 600 home runs, while he has collected accolades such as the Gold Glove Award, Silver Slugger Award, AL Batting Champion and the AL Home Run Champion all on numerous occasions.

Taking the above into account, it can be firmly established that Rodriguez is of huge importance to the New York Yankees, although many still raise their eyebrows when they take a look at his $30m salary - especially as it seems to increase year-on-year.

#2 - Vernon Wells

Next on the list is Vernon Wells, the man from the Loss Angeles Angels who has carved a career from being one of the best outfielders in the game. Having made his debut back in 1999 for the Toronto Blue Jays, Wells played over a decade there only to switch to the Angels back in 2011.

Over the course of his career Wells has been one of the most lethal men of his position, with his current hits total standing at 1,695. While he has had his moments as a batter, the fact that his batting average for 2011 was the lowest in MLB indicates that this isn’t the reason he picks up no less than $24.18m annually. Such a sum is also quite incredible when you look at his first major contract, with this starting out at $200,000 back in 1999.

#3 - Johan Santana

While the difference between Rodriguez’s and Wells’ contract was huge, the third highest paid man in MLB is slightly closer to Wells. New York Mets pitcher John Santana takes a salary of $23.15m, meaning that the difference is pretty much negligible. Just like the other two players on the list, Santana has experienced a career full of glory with the Minnesota Twins and his current team, the Mets.

A left-handed pitched by trade, the 33-year-old has had almost 2,000 strikeouts during his career, with this opening the door to umpteen achievements such as the Warren Spahn Award, Gold Glove Award, Pitching Triple Crown, Fielding Bible Award and the Players Choice Outstanding Pitcher crown.

As you would expect, Santana’s pitch technique is daunting to say the least with most of his fastballs travelling in excess of 92mph. He also has a slider - with both of these making him the best pitcher in the game. Subsequently, he is also the highest paid pitcher in MLB and his contract will reach a peak of $25.5m by the final year.

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November 12th, 2012

Mariano Rivera wants to play for New York Yankees in this season

November 12th, 2012

It is no doubt good news for the fans of New York Yankees that Mariano Rivera of New York Yankees wants to play again in the next season for his team and this news has been disclosed by Brian Cashman, the manager of the team.

Cashman said on Friday, “Mariano Rivera wants to play for our team this season. He has informed me this. I have to talk to his agent Mr. Fernando Cuza and have to make all the agreements.”

In the last season Rivera fell down on the turf and as a result of it he got an injury in his ACL in Kanas City in MLB Baseball. As a result of this he announced that he would again play in 2013. On November, 2012, he has celebrated his 43rd birthday and he has also announced his wish to play again for his team in 2012.

There is no doubt about the fact that he was extremely disappointed to be out of the team because of the injury. Now, he feels that he has recovered from his injury and he is keen to join the team again. He looked really sad after the injury in Kanas city when he said, “You can be sure that I will come back soon. I can’t get out from the game for long time. It is impossible for me.”

Well tough time has gone with him. Even on the last week, he was not sure about playing in this season. However, he recovered quite quickly and now he is quite sure about his chances for playing in this season for his team.

As per the financial contracts are concern this season may be little down for him. He got $15 million in the previous season. However, this time as he has played only 9 games in the last season, he will not get that good deal for sure. Well, he has front officer’s immense respect with him that may work positive for him.

Rafael Soriano has played for Mariano Rivera as a replacement in last season for New York Yankees and he played quite well for the team in MLB Baseball. He has saved 42 of 46 chances. One year contract is still left for him with Yankees. However, he wants to get out of the team.

His agent Scott Boras said, “Well, he is willing to play for free agencies but he has not made any final decisions for this till now.”

Bourn and Trout has won the award of Wilson Defensive Player of the year

November 10th, 2012

Time is going quite good for Michael Bourn and Mike Trout. Though they could not get the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards which was given in the last week, they have been awarded with Wilson Defensive Player in American League this year. Trout has ranked first in this category in MLB Baseball.
This award was given on Last Sunday. Bourn also won the award by playing wonderfully in National league for his team brave who has won the Wilson defensive team this year. Actually, from each team one player has been selected as the defensive player of a year.
The voting process is quite different for this award than Gold Glove Awards. In the Glove awards the voting is done by League Managers whereas in this case the voting is done on the basis of the statistics of the players. This process is called shredder system.
Well, this process has given the players like Brandon Crawford of San Francisco or Brendan Ryan of Seattle the opportunity to be awarded because of their wonderful defense ability in the matches. Jose Molina can also be mentioned for this as he has performed really well with .223 hitters and showed wonderful defensive style.
This year players like Adam LaRoche, Robinson Cano, Josh Reddick, Yadier Molina and Adrian Beltre have got both the awards for their teams though this achievement is not done by Trout. He lost the Gold Glove Award which has been won by Baltimore’s Adam Jones who is one of the center fielders of his team.
Trout lastly won the Fielding Bible Award in 2012 and he was also recognized for his wonderful defensive performance in the last season. He took a lot of catches homer saving and showed his ability of defense in a large range.
Jason Heyward also showed his talent in this season. He also achieved a fielding percentage of .995 and he only committed two errors which is no doubt quite extra ordinary. The range which he showed was also quite brilliant.
Both Heyward and Bourn played brilliantly for Braves and it caused the wonderful performance of the team. They have reached the top UZR of 53.1. Angels also reached a good level of 44.3 UZR because of the wonderful performance of Trout.
Bourn, Trout and some other who have already received the award for being the best players of defense can also be selected for another award called Baseball Yearly Awards for greatness in MLB Baseball in 2012. This voting is done by the personnel of the front office, media and the alumni of MLB.