Even when articles are written with data, people argue against the actual point of the article and data, while supplying no data of their own.
Let’s talk about the author’s data, Mike. We are arguing the point of the article is absolutely absurd because to say the data is flawed would be horribly understated. The author uses every player with one day of service time to come up with the percentage of players that made less than $1M in career earnings. Just for starters, their careers are not over so to include them as a data point for career earnings is not just flawed, it’s extremely biased.
“Career Earnings” also strongly suggests someone was actively employed for a considerable length of time. The players who don’t stick do not belong in this calculation. The basis of this debate is how revenue should be distributed. Half of those 1453 players the author included will collectively receive less than 1% of total player compensation. In other words, this is another reason why the entire premise of this article is horribly flawed.
The average player who is actually good enough to retain a job makes over $4M. It’s really quite simple. The rest of the world answers the question … how much does someone make per year based people who actually work for a year. So, there’s your first data point. The average player makes $4.3M dollars.
Here is your next data point. The average MLB player makes roughly 100 TIMES the salary of the average adult male age 25-34.
The average MLB player makes 75X the average police officer.
MLB minimum salary for 1st year platers is 3X the amount of a 4-Star General. An average player makes 24X the salary of a 4-Star General. It general takes 30+ years to achieve this rank. Therefore, the average player will make as much in one year as the elite of the armed services will make over 30 years earning the rank of 4-Star General.
Here are some additional data points. Since 1990, the cost of living has doubled. Real wages (adjusted for inflation) have improved from 6-60% depending on specific demographic. There are numerous reports. Just google US Wage and Salaries. MLB player wages have increased by roughly 750%.
How could anyone think players should be expected to accept a 25% pay cut during a pandemic?