Players Worth More Today Than Babe Ruth
When people think about baseball, there are two things that pop into nearly everyone's heads.
The first is the legendary Babe Ruth, whom everyone knows as a symbol of America's greatest past time.
The second is the outrageous amounts of money thrown towards today's players.
This sparked an idea: If Babe Ruth played today, how much money would his salary have been worth?
Also, which players are making more than him today and are they really worth it?
With a bit of research and an inflation calculator, I was able to find out a few things.
First, there are many players making more than Ruth would today.
When Ruth was first traded to the Yankees after the 1919 season, he doubled his salary from $10,000 a year to $20,000. In today's dollars, Ruth would have been getting paid about $226,655 when the infamous trade happened.
He was traded for $125,000, which roughly translates to just over $1.6 million dollars today.
At his highest salary in 1931, he was making $80,000. In 2012, that would've been worth just under $1.2 million dollars.
So as you'll see, lots of today's players are making more money than the most legendary baseball player of all time.
Here's a list of a few just to put into perspective how worthy certain players are of their contract.
Yonder Alonso: $1.4 Million
Exactly my point.
Alex Rodriguez: $30 Million
It may be obvious that Alex Rodriquez makes much more today than Ruth would have, but that's why I'm throwing him in here.
A-Rod's contract will go down as one of the worst contracts of all time.
Since he's gotten to New York, the Yankees have won only one World Series. He's also been a part of steroid accusations twice and has been disliked by nearly everyone in the sports world outside of his inner circle.
He does have the numbers to back up the fact that he is one of the best players in the MLB right now, being a career .300 hitter with 647 home runs in 19 seasons, but Ruth crushes his average, being a career .342 hitter.
Is A-Rod worth nearly 30 times what The Great Bambino was worth?
The Entire Philly Infield: $62.3 Million
With an infield consisting of Ryan Howard ($20 million), Chase Utley ($15.2 million), Jimmy Rollins ($11 million) and Michael Young ($16.1 million), the Phillies are dishing out an incredible $62.3 million to their infield in 2013, or more than the Padres, A's, Royals and Astros entire payrolls in 2012.
With this kind of money thrown at their infield, the Phillies better have high expectations.
Ruth was able to lead the Yankees to the World Series in seven different years, winning four of them.
Missing the playoffs for a second straight season with this kind of money out there will surely make Ruth turn in his grave.
Vernon Wells: $24.6 Million
Yeah, Wells is actually making that much money for hitting .230 and under.
For the record, Ruth only hit under .230 twice; in his first season and in his last.
Wells just might be the most overpaid player in the league right now.
Nyjer Morgan: $2.35 Million
Alright, we'll step away from the ridiculous contract numbers and start looking at those more in the ballpark of Ruth's $1.2 million a year.
In comes Nyjer Morgan, who today is getting paid almost twice what Ruth would have been paid.
It might be better if he never finds that out or his mouth might not ever stop yapping about it.
Coco Crisp: $6 Million
While Coco has one of the best names in baseball, made one of the best catches of the season last year and isn't a terrible player, he'd never be put on the pedestal next to Ruth
Sergio Romo: $1.5 Million
Only worth $300,000 more than Ruth would have been today, but it's most likely because of how his beard was able to replace "The Beard" in San Francisco.
Jason Bay: $18.1 Million
All you need to do in order to see if Jason Bay's worth $18.1 million is ask anyone on MLB Memes. The fact he's worth $17 million more than Ruth is laughable.
Melky Cabrera: $6 Million
The 2012 All-Star Game MVP is apparently worth more too, even though he wasn't around for the second half of a season that saw the Giants to the World Series again.
Ty Wiggington: $4 Million
Wiggington is listed as a 3B for the Cardinals this year, where he'll likely back-up their other third baseman, David Freese, a former World Series MVP who will be paid $500,000 this season.
Ironically, Freese was also given the Babe Ruth Award in 2011 for his performance in the 2011 postseason.
You can't make this stuff up.
Ian Stewart: $2.2 Million
Surprisingly, Stewart is the only Cubs infielder who's making more money than Ruth would have.
He also has only hit for .156 and .201 over the past two seasons.
Yu Darvish: $5.5 Million
The latest Japanese hype was immediately worth more than Ruth in the eyes of the Rangers. With 16 wins and a 3.90 ERA in his first season, he seemed pretty good.
But it's also worth noting that when Ruth pitched he had a career ERA of 2.28.