Three strikes and you’re…one of the richest baseball players of all time.
The US’s “National Pastime” pays the richest baseball players of all time extremely well indeed.
Baseball is arguably America’s favourite sport, and it’s older than the NBA, the NFL and the NHL. The National League was founded in 1876 and the American League was founded in 1901. They joined forces and became MLB in 1903.
Made up of 30 teams (one American and one Canadian), there are 162 games each season. The World Series is the culmination of all this and is aired throughout the nation, with lucrative sponsorship deals and huge stadium attendance figures. It’s for this reason that the star players secure such massive contracts, some worth over $50 million, and lasting for 10 years.
Get your hotdog and your cool American beer, these are the richest baseball players of all time.
15. A.J. Burnett – Net worth $45 million
Former starting pitcher, A.J. Burnett began his career with the Florida Marlins in 1999 and played for 17 seasons until his retirement from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015.
In 2008, Burnett signed the biggest contract of his career, worth $82.5 million with the New York Yankees. A year later, he went on to strike out three batters on three pitches each, when playing against his former team the Florida Marlins. Burnett’s fastest pitch can be 94 mph and is known for being an excellent strikeout pitcher.
Burnett has various tattoos dedicated to the teams he’s played for, including an Aztec symbol which appeared in a Blue Jays commercial.