Both team and individual player salaries, as published by USA Today. I always peruse this for entirely too long (3 hours), seeking information that I will NEVER, ever need in my daily life. Especially since strippers don’t usually enjoy baseball.
A couple of bullet points, cause everyone knows bullet points are fucking serious to Warbucks.
- The Yankees starting infield is making $85 million in 2010, more than 17 teams, and more than San Diego and Pittsburgh combined.
- Barry Zito is the 15th highest paid player in the league. So good job, San Francisco!
- Does the average baseball fan know who Hiroki Kuroda is? Well, he’s the 25th highest paid player in the league!
- The explosion of salaries is evident through the 2000′s. The Yankees, still at that time the highest spending team in the league, topped the list at $92 million.
- The last season in which the Yankees didn’t top the charts was in 1998, when they only spent $63 million.
- Three of the top five teams in terms of salary didn’t make the playoffs in 2009 (Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs).