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That's a Lot of Money!
I'm always interested in how much money athletes make, and I love to know who makes the most. I'm not sure exactly why—I know there's just going to be a whole bunch of zeros following most players' names—but I just can't help myself!
Alex Rodriguez was long one of the highest-paid baseball players in the league. His career was controversial, and steroid scandals followed him around everywhere he went by the end. But that doesn't change the fact that A-Rod made a ton of money playing baseball.
I thought it would be fun to break down how much money Alex Rodriguez made playing baseball. Here are some interesting facts.
Alex Rodriguez's Salary
2013 Salary: $29,000,000
Alex Rodriguez has long been the highest-paid player in baseball, and it's crazy to break down the numbers. Even though this salary is several years old now, it would still make him one of the highest-paid players in the league.
He played a career average of 130 games per season, meaning he made $24,786 per INNING!! Not a bad gig if you can get it.
Dollars Per At Bat
During a typical year in A-Rod's career, he would bat 500 times. That's $58,000 per at-bat! That's more than the average American makes in a year! Alex Rodriguez was a great hitter. I wonder if the cash register noises in his head made it easier or harder to focus...
Hitting in the major leagues is one of the hardest athletic endeavors one can ever do, and A-Rod did it better than most ever have.
Cha-Ching! Another Hit!
A-Rod averages 154 hits a year in his career, that's an amazing $188,311 per hit! Most people don't make this kind of money after several years of slaving away for 40–50 hours a week at their desks!
Of course, most people couldn't get one hit at the plate in a million tries either.
Here are some other ways to look at his salary compared to his success at the plate:
- Doubles: $1,054,545 for each two-bagger
- Home Runs: $852,941 each if he hits 34
Now that we see the numbers, it's clear why A-Rod would fist pump every time the ball went over the fence. He could buy a couple of new Lamborghinis with each home run!
That's a Lot of Hot Dogs!
Okay, so we all know that a hot dog costs $6 at the ballpark, and now we know why. How many hot dogs could A-Rod buy with one game's salary? He could buy 37,179 six-dollar hot dogs after ONE game!
Probably the best argument for athletes not making so much money is that it makes everything at the ballpark extremely expensive. Of course, if people are willing to pay it, then there really is no argument. The day that sports stadiums across the country aren't sold out all year long is the day they might lower the prices!
Man This Game Is Long!
The average Major League Baseball game is just under 3 hours long. A-Rod makes $74,358 an hour! That's $20 a second while he's on the field!
As amazing as that is, it still pales in comparison to some of the other athletes...
It's Been a Tough Year
So what could he buy with all that cash after a year? Well, if he wanted to, he could buy all of this...
- 120 Cadillac Escalades
- 2,666 50-inch 3D flat-screen TVs
- 8,032 Playstation 3s
- 401,606 bags of sunflower seeds
- 1,666 Marucci baseball bats
- 57,142 brand new Yankee baseball hats from the fan store
- Season tickets in the Diamond Elite Club level at every park in the United States
- A month at Richard Branson's private island (see picture...not too shabby)
- AND 50 of Rolex's finest watches at $50,000 apiece.
Yes, he could buy ALL OF THAT with one year's salary.
Must Be Nice
Well, that's it. It's always interesting to put into perspective exactly how much money these guys make. Of course, he pays taxes on that money; everything here is just an estimate.
The other thing to consider is that he makes a ton of money from previous contracts and endorsement deals. Before his shenanigans took him out of the game, these two factors actually SURPASSED the yearly salary listed in this article!
I'm not saying I'm against him making the money; if I was one of the best ballplayers ever to walk the earth, I would ask for a big check too. Now that we've had a chance to see what he's become, however, it's crazy to think of just how wealthy he became playing this game.
What do you think?
© 2012 baseballbrains
Let Me Know What You Think!
Julio E Olmo Sr from Florida, USA on January 31, 2013:
I agree this contract's ridiculous...his agent is awesome hahaha
baseballbrains (author) on March 13, 2012:
Yeah I've never been of the mind that athletes are "overpaid" because I think they entertain millions and bring back to their teams multiples of their income. That said, seeing it broken down like this makes me a little sick too. Hopefully he's putting a lot of it to work to help people, I know a lot of them do. Thanks for the comment!
Bigpayno from Indianapolis, Indiana on March 13, 2012:
It's insane when you break it down like that isn't it? It's hard to say that any one person deserves that much money, but his presence does sell tickets and merchandise to justify what they're spending on him. It just makes you sick to see those figures.