A comparison that demonstrates the absurdity of major-league baseball salaries

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  1. AlwaysWrite

    AlwaysWrite Well-Known Member

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    Baseball salaries have reached ridiculous proportions in the modern-day era, and the comparison of two Baltimore Orioles players -- Frank Robinson and Chris Davis -- clearly demonstrates the absurdity.

    At the halfway point of the current season, Davis is batting an anemic .152, and he has only 7 home runs and 24 runs batted in, yet he's the beneficiary of a $21,118,782 yearly salary, or $130,362.85 per game. And he's one of the main reasons why Baltimore has the worst record in major-league baseball at 23-58.

    On the other hand, Robinson received $64,000 from the Orioles during the 1966 season, but consider what he did for that money: He won the American League triple crown (.316 BA, 49 HRs, 122 RBI), and he also led the league in runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging average and total bases. Further, he was the AL's Most Valuable Player, and he was MVP of the World Series, leading the Orioles to the championship.

    So what salary did Robinson get the following season? As ridiculous as it sounds by today's standards, he was paid $100,000. Keep in mind that Davis earns more than 211 times as much, and his single-game earnings surpasses Robinson's full-season pay, and in fact, the highest-ever yearly salary received by Robinson during his stellar Hall of Fame career was $160,000.

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    WAMO Well-Known Member

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    AND A HOT DOG AND A BEER WAS $.25. THE FANS ARE AT FAULT, NOT THE PLAYERS.
     
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    … but the fans just pay what the owners need to charge in order to pay those players, most of whom don't come close to earning their ridiculous paychecks.
     
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    BUT IF THE FANS STOP GOING...NO MORE MONEY.
     
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    Dear WAMO:

    True … but even though the price(s) of virtually everything has increased greatly over the decades, is it even within reason that Chris Davis -- a real chump in comparison to Frank Robinson -- should be "earning" (if you can call it that) more than 21 times as much salary as a true Hall of Famer and winner in every sense of the word?
     
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    NOT THIS YEAR, BUT CHRIS DAVIS HITS HOME RUNS. THATS WHAT PEOPLE PAY TO SEE.
     
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    … but the original post compared the performances and earnings of both Robinson and Davis, and even though Davis has a past-performance history of home-run-hitting ability, he has been NOWHERE NEAR as good as Robinson in most categories, and that includes home runs.
     
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    No. If they lose tv deals, no more money.
     
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    Interestingly the NFL is worth 4x the mlb but players are paid less with less guaranteed money.
     
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    THEY WILL ONLY LOSE TV DEALS IF THE FANS DONT SHOW UP.
     
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    TRAIN OF THOUGHT AW. IF ROBINSON HAD BEEN PAID $1M A YEAR, CHRIS DAVIS WOULD BE MAKING $41M NOW. IF ROBINSON WOULD HAVE BEEN PAID $10,000 A YEAR, DAVIS MAY ONLY BE MAKING $5M A YEAR. SO YOU CAN BLAME ROBINSON FOR TAKING MORE MONEY. MOST PEOPLE ARE NEVER PAID WHAT THEIR WORTH, IT MIGHT HURT THEIR FEELINGS.
     
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    Dear Djarum300:

    A valid point, indeed.
     
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    … or stop watching the telecasts.
     
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    It's pure speculation, of course, but what do you think a player with Frank Robinson's ability and statistics (at the peak of his career) would make on today's Major League market?

    In your OPINION, what would (or should) a player earn in salary a season after leading the league in batting average, home runs, RBIs, runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging average and total bases -- and not only that, if the player was league MVP and World Series MVP?
     
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    LET ME START BY SAYING, NO PLAYER IS WORTH $21M. I DONT CARE WHAT THIER STATS ARE, EVER. MOST CONTRACTS ARE WRITTEN BASED ON PAST PERFORMANCE'S, NOT A 1 YEAR STREAK. ITS VERY HARD FINDING SOMEONE WHO CAN REPEAT THOSE STATS YEAR AFTER YEAR, SO WHATS THAT WORTH, I CANNOT ANSWER THAT. WAY TO MANY VARIABLES.
    AND NOT TOTALY OFF BASE, SO TO SPEAK :Biggrin:, I DONT LIKE PAYING $3.50 FOR A GALLON OF MILK EITHER. SO DO THEY EAT BETTER GRASS?
     
  17. AlwaysWrite

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    Dear WAMO:

    I'm not saying what any player is worth, or what you think of any player's worth. I just asked what YOU THINK a player with a season such as Robinson had in 1966 WOULD MAKE in today's major-league market.
     
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    MORE THAN $100K.
     
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    Dear WAMO:

    $100K per inning?
     

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