by Martin Rogers
FOX Sports Columnist
Major League BaseballThe salaries of the most powerful player continue to collect speed faster than the blazing fast ball, yet no player has earned $100 million annually because of course they didn’t get it.
We’re far from any MLB player signing a contract that actually pays $100 million a year. But the difference between what Aaron Judge It was initially shown from New York Yankees Seven years, $213.5 million – and what that number could be when he signs his next contract, he should approach $100 million.
Judge is set to take advantage of the tone of so many that scientific notation is probably more appropriate (1 x 108, as any ninth-grader who’s switched will tell you) – because he bet.
He stared at that seven-year, $213.5 million offer from the Yankees and said “No, I’m good right now.” It was a bet on his own abilities, and he couldn’t even have imagined that it would go quite so well, with a season for the ages coming to a close and history a few more gigantic upheavals away.
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Getting 57 home runs by mid-September gets you a lot of stuff. In Judge’s case, it put him in a position to break Roger Maris’ MLS and Yankees record of 61 dingers, compiled 61 years ago.
She also brought him the poster notice to the baseball world, and AL MVP should earn him more Shuhei OhtaniAnd he may get the Triple Crown if his average continues to rise. Most of all, it’s guaranteed to bring him great money once a free agency rolls around.
The Yankees are the favorites to keep him, but that won’t come cheap. Talk in New York quickly reached $300 million by midsummer. Now, most forecasts in the Big Apple are around $310-315 million, which is $100 million or more than the previous bid, and it hardly sounds exorbitant.
The $45 million a year pay is outrageous money by any societal standard. But the sport follows its own economic ecosystem, and for the player who is the face of the game’s most famous franchise and – along with Ohtani – the face of baseball itself, it feels right.
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It will happen one day, you can be sure of writing a contract that will give some exciting performer a nine-figure salary package in return for his diamond exploits. As things stand now, the largest agreement for a given year is $45 million Los Angeles Dodgers Trevor Bauer was due to be paid in 2022.
By the time $100 million a year is hit, it won’t seem like another world entirely. It may have already been passed by a file a long time ago NFL quarterback (or eight), the maximum record can be NBA The veteran, and the world’s top footballers will be there too.
None of these are particularly relevant at the moment, except to remind us that money in sport is a reflection of value, whether real or implied, and that few athletes offer as much as a judge.
What kind of daring does a player need to support themselves in that brave way and then go ahead and outsmart everyone else in the entire darn league? This isn’t a season when baseballs took on a life of their own and positively jumped out of the park under their own power.
Kyle Schwarber He had a campaign hum for Philadelphia Phyllis He sits second in the race, but has “only” reached 37 as of Thursday. Judge avoided slumps throughout the season, even as the Yankees’ brilliant start lost ground. He can afford a short trip now and still get past Maris.
“Every judge the rest of the way is going to be an event,” Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post wrote. “They’re going to become a TV must-have. If you’re a fan of the Yankees—or just a baseball fan—it’s impossible not to want to see every stadium. Because every time it swings, something cool and wonderful can loom.”
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The record could even be matched or broken in a dream fashion, as the Yankees are set to host Boston Red Sox Between Thursday and Sunday next week.
Sport is driven by trends, and athletes are forced to believe in themselves. Will the judge’s example convince others to risk the same amount of money in the hope of getting bigger rewards? Don’t bet on it.
Players are supposed to get worse at a judge’s age (30), not better, and there is some anecdotal evidence in the sport that large individuals (6ft 7in) are more likely to suffer injury difficulties.
There’s no sign of that at the moment, and Judge increasingly feels weird, only to be compared to his past performance and no one else.
The swingman will be coveted by baseball teams everywhere in this off-season. This week, a reporter from Boston asked him – after colleagues 56 and 57 – if he imagined switching to the Red Sox. He popped the question, just as he did most of the year.
“I wouldn’t mind going into free agency,” Judge told reporters at the start of the season. “At the end of the year, I will be speaking to 30 teams. The Yankees will be one of them.”
The Yankees may feel like they’re number one in the signing stakes, but they’re also the only ones with something to lose. Any other privilege could swing the fences on the judge’s offer and if they got it, it would be a great coup d’état. If it isn’t… then it’s what you are.
For the Yankees, seeing a player already etched as a franchise legend would be a devastating blow.
That’s why they would definitely do everything they could, why the number could go so high, and why Judge has about $100 million worth of value-added leverage in his pocket – an amount earned through a power of superiority.
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