Next time Torii Hunter not only should have a better choice of words, but also get his facts right.
The Angel outfielder should know that the latest sensation to come from Latin America, Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman, was signed to a six-year, $30 million deal by the Cincinnati Reds.
Hunter should know that it is not true that Major League Baseball prefers scouting and signing Latino players because they are willing to sign "for a bag of chips."
Again, he should ask his fellow Angels Latino teammates who Arte Moreno is definitely not paying in either corn or potato chips.
As of the end of 2009, seven of the best 10 paid players in the Majors (according to a report from The Associated Press) are Latinos.
Just for the facts, these are the 10 best paid Latino players in Major League Baseball.
Carlos Beltran: New York Mets: $19, 243,682
Carlos Lee, Houston Astros: $19,000,000
Magglio Ordoñez, Detroit Tigers: $18,971,576
Johan Santana, New York Mets: $18,876,139
Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs: $18,750,000
Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs: $17,000,000
Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs: $16,650,000
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees: $15,000,000
Hunter should know some history also.
Among the top 25 Major League Baseball players who have earned over $100 million in total salary over their career through the end of 2009, not including bonuses, 10 are Latinos. Those earnings definitely are not “bag of chips”.
Alex Rodriguez: $231,416,252
Manny Ramírez: $186,112,763
Pedro Martínez: $147,259,585
Carlos Delgado: $146,299,000
Sammy Sosa (retired): $124,068,000
Iván Rodríguez: $116,573,932
Mariano Rivera: $114,530,125
Vladimir Guerrero: $112,430,000
Magglio Ordoñez: $105,644,770
Bernie Williams (retired): $103,100,001