If Pujols and A-Rod Were Paid on Commission

Pujols A-Rod

This time of year sucks. Football is over, baseball hasn’t started, the NBA is at the midseason point and March Madness has yet to begin (sigh). That said, I naturally find my thoughts turning to the upcoming baseball season this time of year, and I came across one hell of stat.

Albert Pujols was in the process of negotiating a contract extension with the St. Louis Cardinals, a process which has come to a halt until the end of the season when he’ll either resign with the Cardinals or become a free agent. The Cardinals supposedly offered him a deal that would make him between the 6th and 10th highest paid player in baseball — not to shabby, but not a deal worthy of the best player in the game. So think for a minute — what if these superstar athletes were paid based on their actual on-field performance, a la a waiter or a salesperson?

Since the 2001 season, A-Rod has earned $594k per home run, and $204k per RBI. Albert Pujols has earned $237k per home run and $79k per RBI.

Absolute craziness, and further evidence that athletes are overpaid (especially A-Rod). Think about it. You stroll up to the plate with a runner on third, maybe half hungover, and slap a single up the middle. Cha-chingggggg — $204k in the bank. My god.

One final note while I’m ranting on the baseball front. I’d like to send a shout out to a former Yankee (yes, you heard me correctly). Hideki Matsui. This guy delivered the Yankees their last World Series title on a silver platter, never once complained about his role, and had countless other big-game hits for the Yankees. Yet he gets little or no credit — you never heard any buzz about Matsui in New York. Sure, he’s foreign, older, quiet, reserved, and generally not tabloid material. But if someone like Nick Swisher ever contributed half as much to the Yankees as Matsui did, he’d have the entire city of New York eating out of his palm. You know I’m right. Just sayin’.

When’s the first pitch?

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21 responses to “If Pujols and A-Rod Were Paid on Commission

  1. j-bone

    You might want to check out the amount of signs written in japanese when he was there or the standing ovation he received when he came back before talking out your butt. Just sayin

    • Sure, you can pick out signs written in Japanese. Pretty easy to do when they aren’t in english characters. And he better damned well have gotten a standing ovation. You can’t tell me that compared to MANY yankees players who have done far less he was equally appreciated.

    • There’s a million signs in Japanese for Daisuke as well, but that definitely doesn’t mean that Red Sox fans have shown a huge appreciation for him.

      • j-bone

        so what do you want the fans to do to show their appreciation?

      • Weep. Jersey sales might be a good indicator, or just generally showing love for Matsui when discussing the Yanks. In all my conversations over the years about the Yankees and their potent offense I’d hear constantly about Jeter, A-Rod, Texiera, Cano. Now Nick Swisher, Brett Gardner. Even Posada. Nobody seemed to be praising Matsui and his contributions or mentioning him as a key piece. He almost never even came up, except when I brought him up. But mostly I’m looking for weeping.

      • j-bone

        I will work on the weeping, I will let you get the jersey sales to back up your statements.

  2. “Since the 2001 season, A-Rod has earned $594k per home run, and $204k per RBI. Albert Pujols has earned $237k per home run and $79k per RBI. Absolute craziness, and further evidence that athletes are overpaid (especially A-Rod).”

    The one thing that always gets me when people say that athletes are overpaid is there is never a discussion about what the amount of money owners/franchises make. Because the media and the public are aware of athletes contracts and salaries it is easy to judge or criticize them for being overpaid for playing a “game” (for the record I do agree that A-Rod salary exceeds what he brings to a team). But what if we knew how much money owners and franchises were raking in each year? Would the discussion actually shift to ticket prices and how much owners are gauging fans so they can purchase a new yacht? I’m not saying that owners don’t have a right to make money and it is their dollar and business on the line. However, I think discussions about player’s salaries could use a little more balance. Specifically, are players earning a reasonable percentage of the money owners/franchises make as a result of their performances? If we knew the answer then perhaps a couple of 100k for a home run or RBI won’t seem so ridiculous.

    • An interesting and insightful point. I don’t have a great idea of what the owners make, although I know it’s a ton and varies greatly by franchise. Part of the reason we as fans are overcharged, though, is due to the ridiculous salaries that the owners pay the players. I recognize A-Rod and Pujols as being elite — if you’re one of the best in the world at anything you should be paid as such.

      • j-bone

        I agree, the owners are the ones signing the checks and still making a profit. I find it hard to fault someone for taking money that was given to them. If someone offered you 100 dollars to belly flop into a pool would you take the money even though belly flopping really isn’t worth 100 bucks?

      • No, I don’t blame the players. I think if everyone in MLB was payed half of their salary, that would be better though. A strange example, but I’d take the money.

      • It’s such a slippery slope because the owners say they have to raise ticket, concession prices, etc. due to players salaries and players salaries increase because the of the increased revenues teams are earning. No matter what both the owners and players win while the fans pay the bills.

      • j-bone

        But why paid half, if people will buy the tickets at the price they are sold, and the owners will pay the players the salary they are paid, why not. No other business would any one say that computer programer does not deserve that salary, cut that in half.

      • Williams

        The problem isn’t how much the players are making. I don’t think there should be a cap on that.

        What there should be is a floor on spending. Im tired of the shitty teams’ owners pocketing hundreds of milli0ns of dollars of luxury taxes and revenue sharing.

  3. I think it would all depend on the height the belly flop would have to be performed at. I might actually want more than a 100 bucks.

  4. Williams

    Figure out how many ABs hes taken. Then figure out how much money he makes every time he fails at something (i.e. K, groundout, flyout).

    That would be even more ridiculous

  5. Kevin Youkillis

    here is a depressing calculater.. you put in your salary and it tells you some depressing facts.. i.e eli manning makes $60,000 every .06 games, 1.12 completions, 12.58 passing yards and .08 Td’s….and his salary isnt even ridiculous compared to some guys..


  6. I agree the players shouldn’t be blamed. They’ve worked hard to achieve that level of performance. But I still believe there should be some form of a cap. Player salaries go up, owners want more profits but still need to pay the players, fans ultimately foot the bill. I think we also need to remember there are a lot of people who work in the front offices and sell us the beer and pretzels that don’t make anywhere near 6 figures. So how would they be affected if revenues decrease? This has been and still is a tough topic due to so many angles. A-Rod is not worth it. Pujols is only going to slow down, so is he worth say an 8 year deal at $30 million a year?

    • I agree that this is a tough topic, and that their needs to be a cap. This shouldn’t be that difficult. I consider Pujols the best player in the game, but I agree that 8 years is a stretch. If I was a GM, I’d want to give him 5 years $125 million — which obviously won’t be enough (in terms of years or $) to get him.

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