Did you know that baseball players are some of the highest-paid professional athletes even when compared to other leagues like the NFL and NBA? Major league players are paid very well for their efforts on the field, but their paychecks aren't handed to them on a silver platter. It often takes players years to reach the highest level. The minor league systems for teams are littered with excellent college baseball players that don’t quite have what it takes to make it to the MLB. It's not uncommon for people to reach the big leagues in their late twenties or even early thirties, if at all.
Considering baseball organizations have so many people competing to be at the top, the players that have remained at the highest level continue to get the big moolah. Players have always been paid really well, but contracts have skyrocketed in the last 10 years or so. Not only do many baseball players earn extremely high annual salaries; they also make a lot of their money from endorsements. Companies also pay these athletes to be in their commercials, or to advertise their products on social media. Have you ever wanted to buy a product or use a service because your favorite celeb or baseball player used it? You're not alone!
Many people question whether these players are actually worth the amount on their contracts. Considering the average career of a professional baseball player is only about five and a half years, finding a consistent player that can help your organization win games and attract fans is unbelievably essential. Teams will do whatever it takes to keep the top player in their franchise happy, even if that means dealing them high-dollar contracts!