Just how much has A-Rod made during his career?

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of Alex Rodriguez, I think of two things: his enormous talent, and his enormous salary. There’s just no way around it. The man signed the two biggest contracts in the history of the sport, more than 25% larger then the third biggest contract. The Yankees will pay Alex $32M in 2010, far and away the largest annual salary in the history of the game. If you’re a regular working stiff making $40,000 a year at the nine-to-five, it’ll take you about 16 lifetimes to make what A-Rod will pocket this season. It’s not fair, but that’s life.

We know what the contracts were. Ten years, $252M back in 2001, then another ten year, $275M monster after he opted out of the first deal in 2007. He also signed a Major League contract out of the draft, guaranteeing him more than four times the league minimum during his first three seasons. However, base salary is just one piece of the puzzle. A-Rod’s deals have contained incentives for making the All Star Team, various finishes in the MVP voting, Silver Sluggers, all sorts of stuff. In addition to all that, A-Rod will get 3% interest on $45M he agreed to defer just a year into his original deal with Texas, though he forfeited $15M of that when he opted out of his deal.

Well, words can only do so much, so here’s a breakdown of A-Rod’s annual earnings. Remember to click it for a larger view.

Update: I missed the signing bonus from his most recent contract. That’s the correct chart.

First off, none of that would be possible without the greatness of Cot’s Baseball Contracts. Second of all, I make no guarantees about it’s accuracy, but I’m confident that I’m close.

A-Rod’s base salaries from 1994-2000 and 2008-2017 are straight forward. His base salaries from 2001-2007 were reduced by $3-5M per year as part of the deferred payments he agreed to (I assumed the 3% interest was compounded annually). That deferred money will be paid out from 2011-2020. The $10M signing bonus A-rod received as part of his deal with Texas was paid out over five years, and then there’s the incentives…

  • $50,000 for finishing sixth in the 2001 MVP voting
  • $100,000 each for being selected to the All Star Game from 2001-2007
  • $100,000 for receiving the most All Star votes in 2007
  • $100,000 each for Silver Slugger Awards in 2001-2003, 2005, and 2007
  • $100,000 for being named The Sporting News Player of the Year in 2002
  • $100,000 each for being named Baseball America’s Major League Player of the Year in 2002 and 2007
  • $200,000 for finishing second in the 2002 MVP voting
  • $500,000 for being named the 2003 AL MVP
  • $1,000,000 for being named the 2005 AL MVP
  • $1,500,000 for being named the 2007 AL MVP

And you know what? That’s not even all of them. From 2001-2007, A-Rod would have received $100,000 each time he was named to a postseason All Star Team by the AP, Baseball America, or The Sporting News. I couldn’t find that info, but that’s potentially $2,100,000 in incentives laying out there. He surely pocketed the majority of that.

So all told, A-Rod has made at least $216,940,700 $219,940,700 in his playing career to date. He’s guaranteed another $243,463,310 $250,463, 310 between now and 2020, and then there’s the $30M in possible incentives for setting the career homerun record. A-Rod’s sitting at 583 career homers right now, and he’ll make an additional $6M each when he hits his 660th, 714th, 755th, 762nd, and 763rd homers. If Alex hits 130 homers over the next four years (32.5 per year), he would have a shot at getting the last four homerun incentives all in one season. In that perfect storm scenario, A-Rod’s 2014 earnings would be $52,746,331 $55,746,331.

A-Rod is guaranteed to make $470,404,010 during his playing career, and he’ll be within shouting distance of clear half-a-billion dollars should he reach those homerun incentives.  And remember, that’s just what he’s made playing baseball. He also has/had endorsement deals with Nike, Rawlings, Wheaties, the Got Milk campaign, Pepsi and Oasys Mobile. I’m sure those are seven figure payouts, otherwise they wouldn’t be worth his time.

Some will call A-Rod greedy, but I’m inclined to say he just used common sense when presented with not one, but two nine-figure contracts. Alex did a tremendous job marketing his talent and maximizing his earning potential, which in the end is what we’re all trying to do. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

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  • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

    I always thought A-Rod should come out to “I Get Money” by 50 Cent. Embrace it, man.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Amy

      + 55,746,331

  • http://www.thesportsshowlive.com/ Joey H.

    God bless him.

  • Chip

    Just think if A-Rod were financially savvy (not saying he isn’t). A guy with that kind of money to throw around should be able to make a bear minimum of 6% a year on it if not more. I mean, how could he possibly spend it outside of making HUGE investments in things? You know what would really be an interesting situation? If he, Posada and Jeter were to buy significant portions of team ownership over the next 10 years or so. They could have a homerun competition in ten years of the owners vs the players, I’d watch.

    • Phil McCracken

      The person that put A-Rod and the Yankees back together after his opt out was his personal wealth manager at Goldman Sachs. So his money is in good hands and is making him more than 6% in that type of management.

      These figures also don’t include his endorsements which you can probably tack on another 100+ million over his career.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        Fred Wilpon would like a referral, or preferably, a personal introduction if Arod could arrange it…

        • Not the Rays

          So would Johnny Damon.

  • Chip

    One other thing, if A-Rod puts his head down, plays nice with the media and morphs into a .350/.450/.700 hitter in the postseason winning a significant amount of rings and setting the home run record, how would his legacy look like? Will he still be looking at a guy always chasing the money and making headlines or will he be celebrated as a True Yankee ™ and all his sins forgiven?

    • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      He’ll probably be some mix of the two, as he kind of is today. The stuff people don’t like about him will never go away completely, no matter how successful he is as a Yankee. People love him for the performance and post-season heroics, but they still don’t look past the other stuff – like the personal issues, the salary (fair or not), the steroid stuff, etc. He’ll do just fine, legacy-wise, but the guy’s never going to be accepted/loved like the all-time fan favorites.

      • Chip

        Why not? I mean the salary will actually go down over the next few years and the steroid stuff will be like 10 years in the past. Winning seems to be the currency in NY and I’d bet if he has a few more rings on his fingers and keeps out of the gossip magazines he might turn into a fan favorite pretty quickly.

        • http://iheartrerun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rerun.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          I’m not opining on whether he should be accepted/loved in that way or not, I just don’t think he will.

          And to be totally honest it doesn’t really bother me too much. The guy didn’t start his career with the Yankees, he was outed publicly as a liar and a steroid-user, and his dealings with the media, prior to this past season, were generally cringe-worthy. I think a lot of the treatment of A-Rod during his time in NY has been unfair, but I don’t have a big problem with the guy’s fan-legacy as a Yankee not approaching the legacies of guys like Munson or Jeter or the all-time greats like Berra/Mantle/Dimaggio, etc. I think he’ll be a fan-favorite and leave behind a legacy as one of the best players to ever wear the pinstripes (or any uniform, for that matter), but I don’t think he’ll approach the levels of love received by the all-time Yankee fan favorites/greats.

    • Mike HC

      A-Rod seems to be headed for a Wilt Chamberlain type career. Otherworldly numbers, banging hot chicks, not respected by peers, and probably should have won an extra championship or two if he had his head on straight his entire career (not saying whether that is fair or not). Maybe also in the mold of a Kobe type. Guys who cared more about personal numbers than championships, but were so talented, that they were still able to win one or two (Kobe obviously has 4). Of course, neither Kobe or A-Rods career is over, so who knows how it will ultimately turn out.

      • Chris

        What basis is there to suggest that A-Rod cares more about personal numbers than championships?

        He was willing to take a pay cut to go to Boston for the chance to win a championship. Sure, when presented with a $250M offer in Texas he took it, but I believe that he wanted to win a championship there too.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          What basis is there to suggest that A-Rod cares more about personal numbers than championships?

          A combination of mediot narrative, unbridled jealousy, and my own boiling self-righteousness, which I invite you to taste.

        • Mike HC

          The original question was one of perception. Perception/legacy, will be that he cared far more about his own numbers (evidenced by the Torre book, featured in TMZ) than winning games and being a good teammate. I have no clue if that is accurate or not. Or even if his maniacal drive to put up huge numbers also didn’t contribute mightily to a team winning.

          Just giving my opinion of what the majority or people (not the majority of RAB readers) will remember A-Rod for. I may be completely off. Maybe he becomes beloved and thought of as a winner. You may be right.

        • bexarama

          I’m about as big a defender as A-Rod against the mediots/dumb fans as you’ll find, but didn’t he actually say something like, “I stopped worrying about my own numbers and started caring more about being a team player”? I don’t think it was as exaggerated as the Torre book would have you believe, though.

          Then again, I honestly don’t care if he cares more about putting up awesome numbers than helping the team, because by putting up awesome numbers by being on the team, he’s helping the team.

          • pete

            “Then again, I honestly don’t care if he cares more about putting up awesome numbers than helping the team, because by putting up awesome numbers by being on the team, he’s helping the team”

            my thoughts exactly. Also, I really think A-Rod’s new media meme is to just say pointless nothings that they want to hear. In other words, could he have genuinely stopped caring about his own numbers and started caring more about being a team player? Sure. Would he probably have said that pretty much regardless of what actually went down (either the above statement is true, or he still cares more about his numbers, or he never did care more about his numbers). I almost never take anything anyone says to the media seriously these days. Of course, given how little i care about what A-Rod actually cares about, I’m not going to bother hypothesizing on the subject either.

    • Dalelama

      For someone who has always been lukewarm on Arod some more post season productivity would do the trick. A Matsui like World Series would do it.

      • bexarama

        A Matsui like World Series would do it.
        Yeah, all he has to do to meet your expectations is put up a line of .615/.643/1.385/2.027. That’s soooooo easy. (yawn)

        If what he did in the 2009 ALDS and ALCS, and yes, even the last four games of the World Series, didn’t endear you to A-Rod, it’s okay to just admit that you’re pretty much going to irrationally hate him forever.

        • dalelama

          For someone making double Matsui’s money it should be no problem.

  • Guest

    You know, Boras has certainly messed things up occassionally for some of his clients. And we will never know whether he was a net benefit or a net minus to A-Rod in negotiating his second mega bucks 10 year deal.

    But that first 10 yr 252 million dollar deal with the Ranger was truly a bravura performance of agenting. I mean, just utterly breathtaking. It’s the Monalisa of negotiation victories. A masterpiece.

    I wonder if Boras sits around regaling young Ari Gold wannabees with tales from his total and utter domination of Tom Hicks. If he doesn’t, he should.

    As for Tom Hicks…well…um…*shakes head*…there are no words.

    • Mike HC

      Considering the Yanks gave A-Rod a larger contract than Hicks, even though he was signed to play third base and was ten years older, shows that the first A-Rod contract was not that lopsided. A-Rod is probably legitimately worth that much.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I don’t think Guest was saying the first deal was lopsided, just that it was unprecedented.

        A 10 year, quarter-billion dollar contract for a single athlete is re-friggin-markable, especially 9 years ago. Boras changed the impossible to possible with that.

      • Guest

        Mike HC: I believe that what a player is “worth” has very little to do with what a player is “paid.” What players are paid is more heavily driven by the market for their services and how their agents are able to impact managament’s view about that market.

        And so the key question is what was the market for A-Rod when Hicks signed him? No one knows for sure, but the conventional wisdom is no one was anywhere near 252 million dollars for 10 years. Hicks just literally big against himself to the point where he essentially threw away 10s of millions of dollars. Whether A-Rod was worth 252 million dollars at the time was beside the point. The conventional wisdom (which can be wrong, but its the best we have in this case) is that he did not need to spend 252 million dollars to get A-Rods services.

        And, btw, the fact that the Yankees signed A-Rod to an even bigger deal does not make the Hicks deal look better. It just makes the Yankees look dumb as well. I am one of the biggest A-Rod supporters I know, but the Yankees also threw away 10s of millions of dollars. No one else was going to give a 32 year old a 10 year deal for the kind of dollars the Yankees gave A-Rod in 2007. No one. Incredibly stupid decision. BTW, do you think its a coincidence that the guy thought to be behind that deal, Hank Steinbrenner, has been barely heard from since?

        • Mike HC

          fair enough. You are definitely correct that just because the Yank paid more than Hicks does not prove Hicks made a good deal. And the jury is still out on whether the contract is worth it for the Yanks. After the steroid stuff, it looked terrible. After the World Series, it looked a lot better. Only time will tell.

          I disagree with your claim that “Whether A-Rod was worth 252 million dollars at the time was beside the point.” Um, that is major factor in my opinion. There is no denying that Boras did a hell of a job. Didn’t really mean to disagree with your point as a whole. Just pointing out that even ten years after that deal, another team gave him an even larger one. So maybe it was not that bad. But I see your point as well.

          • Guest

            I agree that “beside the point” goes a bit too far. The player’s objective worth does play a role, but the market’s subjective view on that player’s worth should play a larger role in how teams negotiate.

            Clearly in the case of both A-Rod contracts, Tom Hicks and Hank Steinbrenner let factors other than A-Rod’s market value determine how much they chose to pay him (to the financial detriment of both teams).

    • Bo

      What has he ever messed up?

      Dont blame the agent for a player not taking offers. The agent works for the player.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada


  • Mike HC

    He has nothing on Howard Stern’s 5 year 500 million. And all Howard has to do is make fun of Oprah. Now that is something to aim for.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      All of Howard’s money was tied to the stock price of Sirius.


      • Mike HC

        Yea, I don’t know the real specifics of Howard’s deal, but the word is that it was really not 500 million. That number included building the studio, paying the staff etc … Also, you may definitely be correct about the stock price thing as well. But obviously not ALL was tied to the stock price. Stern is no idiot.

    • Januz

      Howard Stern was signed to create interest in Satellite Radio, and it is essentially a “Loss Leader” like NFL TV packages are. They are supposed to create interest in other programming that the networks have to offer. The Alex Rodriguez Texas contract was actually created to serve that same purpose. The problem with that is that football RULES Texas. Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns have that market locked up (The Texas Rangers are like the Devils or Islanders in New York). That is a prime reason why Rodriguez was so desperate to get out of there, he was willing to switch positions. Oddly enough, Stern is talking about going on “American Idol”, and quitting Sirus/XM, because of the lack of interest in his show,

      • Mike HC

        Definitely don’t want to go down this route on the RAB blog, but the Idol stuff was mostly bullshit for the radio. No way does Howard take over for Simon. That was just fun nonsense to talk about. And Howard is not leaving Sirius due to the lack of interest, unless you have the inside word which even Howard himself won’t admit. All indications are that Howard loves Sirius and believes there is plenty of interest in his show.

        The real question will be in Sirius still wants him and how much they are willing to pay him. Too bad Sirius can’t make a trade for 60 cents on the dollar with Idol or something, like Hicks did with A-Rod. Stern for Ellen Degenerous straight up.

        • Januz

          The question about Sirus still wanting Howard is exactly right. They signed him as a “Loss Leader” and did not recoup their investment. They can elect not to resign Howard when the contract is up. It was a bad business decision, like Hicks signing Rodriguez.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Howard Stern was signed to create interest in Satellite Radio, and it is essentially a “Loss Leader” like NFL TV packages are. They are supposed to create interest in other programming that the networks have to offer.

        Do you have figures on this?

        ABC’s Monday Night Football lost money, which is why they dropped it and let ESPN buy it instead, and the CBS/Fox/NBC Sunday packages may have lost money in the past few years (due to the global advertising downturn), but prior to 2007, at least, the NFL contracts MADE the networks money.

        The NFL contracts aren’t loss leaders, to my knowledge.

        • Januz

          TSJC, ABC is nothing more than the NETWORK Broadcasting Arm of ESPN. The reason why ESPN picked it up is they can charge cable companies extra subscriber fees (In addition to AD revenue). Mike Francisca talked about this, as it relates to the NCAA Basketball Tournament (Why CBS will lose it to ESPN). I agree that PRIOR to 2007, the networks made money on the NFL. But THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW. The NFL is in such a strong bargaining position with any broadcasting entity, that the 2011 season could be wiped out because of a strike, and they still collect TV revenue from Direct TV, CBS, NBC & Fox (Monday Night Football has not been extended YET).
          If you look at Neilsen Ratings, you see how much the the ratings of the networks have declined (NBC’s last summer, was LOWER than the 1950s). Look at how poorly new shows are faring on Network TV (This is particularly true at NBC, but watch CBS sink real fast as shows like CSI start to reach Law & Order’s life span. Not to mention, CBS has no USA Network to put new innovative programming). The Networks need the NFL more than the NFL needs them, this is why the league will get TV money, regardless if there is a season or not.

  • Salty Buggah

    Doesn’t he also own a Mercedes dealership in Texas?

    A-Rod should be able to bag any chick, like Jeter. He needs to stay from the Madonnas and oldies (like Cameron Diaz) of the world.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      At least Cameron Diaz seems fun.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        And looks 100000000x better than Madonna.

        • Kiko Jones

          Yeah, but for someone aprox 15 years younger than Madonna, she’s not looking that hot these days.

  • Salty Buggah

    Didn’t lose a significant amount of that in his divorce?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Didn’t he have a pre-nup?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        It’s something that you need to have
        Cause when she leave you ass, she gon’ leave with half


        • Chip

          Maybe on her 18th birthday he’ll find out it wasn’t his?

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          TJSC, i’ma let you finish, but Andy’s comments are way better than yours…

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            I saw Valentines Day over the weekend with the little woman. (Not bad, but also not good.)

            Every time Taylor Swift popped up on screen, I kept waiting for Kanye.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Plus the ammount of taxes he had to pay.

  • Januz

    The problem with contracts is NOT the Alex Rodriguez/Derek Jeter-type elite players. It is the players who are average or below average getting millions of dollars. Let me use the example of Doug Davis: Davis is 90-97 with a 4.31 ERA during 11 seasons, yet he is getting a guaranteed contract of $4.5m with Milwaukee. There is no one who thinks Davis will bring anyone to the park to see him (With the exception of friends and family). Nor are the Brewers a serious contender to get to the World Series. This type of contract was the mistake that the Yankees were constantly making for many years: Farnsworth, Wright, Pavano, Igawa are notable examples of this. I am glad to see that Cashman has gotten control over that situation, and will stop giving out big contracts to guys who simply don’t warrent it.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada


  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Being one of the best baseball players ever: $460,404,010

    Breaking the all-time homerun record: $30,000,000

    A picture of you as a centaur: priceless.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    n that perfect storm scenario, A-Rod’s 2014 earnings would be $52,746,331.

    :: head explodes ::

    • Camilo Gerardo


  • Reggie C.

    Arod will have to spot Social Security for a year to get some love from the MSM.

    Seriously though, Arod has made some serious coin and really benefitted from Tom Hicks’s stupidity. I wonder if Hicks could’ve signed Arod for $100 MM less back in 2001.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      And I wonder if we could have signed Jeter to 89M less if Hicks had signed ARod to 100M less.

      • Chip

        What was Jeter’s original contract again? I know Stein didn’t want to do it before A-Rod so he would have the biggest contract in sports and then had to up it when Hicks paid stupid money.

        • Camilo Gerardo


          • Chip

            I thought there was an agreement in place at like 10/150 or so but then when A-Rod’s contract came out Jeter used it as leverage. Maybe it’s just me

      • Reggie C.

        DJ probably had his sights set on $100 MM, but no way would he have received $189 MM. I guess that’s easy to say had Arod signed a still landmark $150 MM deal.

        In some alternative universe, Hicks signed Arod to $150 MM. I wonder how the Yankees are configured there…

      • MikeD

        Good point. Jeter should give A-Rod a bro-hug for signing the original Hicks contract and now the new Yankee contract. Jeter benefited off the first one and probably will the second by getting more dollars.

  • Rich M

    You are missing a 10 million dollar bonus paid between 2009-2014.

    $10M signing bonus ($2M paid upon approval, $1M paid each Jan. 15, 2009-2013, $3M paid Jan. 15, 2014)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Thanks, I updated the post.

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Do Not Feed The Trolls!

    We gettin Arod money!
    We gettin Arod money!

  • Mike M

    Are those $6 mill bonuses charged against the Yanks payroll figure for the year? So if in that perfect scenario he makes the near $53 million, is that all subject to the luxury tax?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      The luxury tax is based on annual average salary, which includes only guaranteed money. So yes, the signing bonus counts, but not the incentives.

  • throwstrikes

    According to Forbes, with endorsements factored in, Jeter and A-Rod’s yearly haul is much closer than you would think. Usually within a few million dollars of each other and a couple of years Jeter has been the higher earner. In 2008, the latest Forbes ranking out, A-Rod was the 13th highest paid athlete and Jeter was 14th.

    Both of their earnings after endorsements are dwarfed though by a few golfers, boxers, race car drivers and NBA players.

    • Chip

      That may be true but they’re very consistent with their rankings while a lot of those other guys (outside of Jordan and Woods) are only on top for awhile.

  • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

    I hate neither the player nor the game; I love them both.

  • Yanks#28

    “Alex did a tremendous job marketing his talent and maximizing his earning potential, which in the end is what we’re all trying to do. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” —- The truth is mentioned here, he just beat the system(same system that usually beats players like right now with the economy excuse)and he deserves kudos for that. Other players choose to stay in teams that cannot pay them and the end up looking for teams who are willing to take them for a bargain just to be able to finish their careers. Ex. Ken Griffey Jr. Another example in the making is Joe Mauer and maybe Albert Pujols who are in the final year (or close (Mauer’s case extension)) and who would be pay less than what they could’ve make somewhere else. After signing Holliday I don’t know how much STL are going to pay Albert; 30+ maybe, the question is: Can they afford him?
    As far as legacy A-Rod is just fine, to me he stills the best all around player in the game. If Healthy he will crush the record books, like it or not.

  • Memo

    We could probably do this all day but he also has a construction company in Miami.

    • DZR

      Construction? He also invests in a bunch of real estate in Florida, he actually owns the complex my cousin lives in (which is by no means small).

      The problem with Forbes ratings and all of that is that it only takes into account contract and endorsements. I don’t know the scope of his other ventures, but I would think with all that he’s making quite a bit more than the Forbes estimate.

  • mko

    Should someone who is good at a sport really make that much money? Even if he is the best or close to it?

    Just wow…

    That’s like the bankers getting million dollar bonuses, and those make most of us sick. Although you can’t really compare the two.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Taxpayers don’t pay A-Rod. Consumers have a choice (more or less).

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        meh. one could make the argument (personally i believe incorrectly for both) that with taxpayer-funded or -subsidized stadiums, taxpayers DO help pay them. i’m assuming some people will also try to make the link between tarp and taxpayers and banker bonuses.

        congrats to all those guys–had i been more disciplined, smarter, and worked harder, i might have been able to be one of either of those groups…guess he (arod) just had a little more of it all the way around!

        to be clear–GOOD FOR HIM! :)

    • Slugger27

      theres 6 billion ppl in the world

      arod is one of maybe half a dozen that can do what he does and at the level that he does it

    • Guest

      Its been said, but the issue is 50,000 people aren’t willing to pay money to watch teachers teach or doctors operate.

      Athletes make that much money because we enjoy sports so much that we are willing to pay money to watch them do it. Its the same reason why movie stars can make up to 25 million a film. And remember, if the athletes weren’t making the money, the team owners would make even more.

      Athletes aren’t taking money from society, society is giving athletes money because we value their talents enough to pay to watch them do what they do best.

      • Kiko Jones

        And remember, if the athletes weren’t making the money, the team owners would make even more.”

        My fave reason to say no to the salary cap.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      That’s like the bankers getting million dollar bonuses.

      ARod had a better year than the bankers.


  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    Is there any info available on the increase in A-Rod’s endorsements in NY versus Texas?

    • throwstrikes

      He’s never done alot of endorsements since coming to NY. He’s always had Nike, I remember 1 Pepsi commercial, a deodoant commercial and the Guitar Hero commercial. Don’t remember anything else.

  • Ellis

    Check out A-Rod’s official webiste – covered with stats, achievements, and all-around gaudiness.

    Jeter’s website is all about his Turn2 foundation, which he founded when he had just entered the Major Leagues. A-Rod has founded one charity (as far as I can see), the RBI program – Microsoft gives away a computer when A-Rod hits an A-Bomb. Could it be more self-centered or less generous?

    Just sayin’. All that money, not a lot of charity.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs
      • Memo

        You can’t win (based on who you are). You talk about your philanthropy and you’re using it to get good press. You don’t talk about it and people are convinced you don’t do anything.

        There the dental clinic he donated $250,000. The time he played ball with the kids and heard that they were closing down because they didn’t have the money. He went to his car, wrote a check and told Ray Negron to give it to them after he left. He did something similar with basketball in Miami a few years back too.

        • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

          I seem to recall a story a few years ago where A-Rod and Barry Bonds donated themselves to an auction. So you could bid and if you won you got a lunch with A-Rod or a lunch with Bonds.

          A-Rod gave the bid money to the Boys & Girls club or something and Bonds pocketed it.

          @ work but will look for a link in a bit.

          • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

            “Just a gigantic jerk. Once while in Pittsburgh, he refused to sign a ball to be auctioned off for Children’s Hospital. They had to buy one from QVC and get all the other players to sign it! Un-freakin’-believable.”


            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Who am I to doubt Mark Kaminski of New Kensington, PA?

              • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

                You are Andy. I like the second clip:

                “what’s the difference between God and Barry Bonds? God doesn’t think he’s Barry Bonds.”

              • throwstrikes

                Did you see in any NY paper last week that they had the ribbon cutting on a $1.5 million dollar learning center at The Boys and Girls Club in Miami that he funded that opened last week?

                How about him funding little league programs in the Bronx the past 2 years? or a childrens hospital in the Dominican Republic?

                None of that stuff furthers the image the NY media has created so why would they show you that?

              • Kiko Jones


                • mark kaminski


                  I happen to do a search on my name and saw the noted skepticism concerning my comment those many years ago. It’s perfectly acceptable that the author (Andy in Sunny Daytona) be skeptical as I sited no source within the Pirate’s as relating the story to me. It just happens to be the one that many of the sports writers have mentioned again again during the bonds era and after. Basically I heard it so many times I forgot there was a need to prove that I was not making it up.

                  I could only confirm through searches that he did indeed have a ball sold on qvc. Here is the link to someone selling one from 1990!


                  I wish I could have sited the original source, but just the fact that it immediately popped in my head at the time and it’s total believability regarless of truth proved my point.

                  Even if he decides to give away his entire fortune which is as bloated as his freak-head he’ll still an ass. Not being an ego-centric jerk isn’t a part time job…you either are or you ain’t.

                  mark kaminski in new kensington

      • Slugger27

        that required a mouseclick…. too much effort

    • Chris

      Just because A-Rod decided to work through an existing charity that helped him (the Boys and Girls club of Miami) instead of creating a new one doesn’t make him self centered or less generous.

    • Ryan Pope of my pants

      He also gave a million dollars, I believe, to the Children’s Aid Society here in NYC. I doubt every charitable contribution I make will ever add up to that much.


  • steve s

    I think we all forget or ignore that guys like Arod and Jeter have not had any formal education since high school. To be as articulate as they are and to have the business savvy that they seem to have (or at least the savvy to chose the right advisors) is as remarkable in many ways as their performance on the field. How smart would any of us be feeling today if our formal education ended after 12th grade?

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Word. I also think anyone willing to donate time, energy, or money to charity deserves to be lauded. Regardless of amount.

    • Camilo Gerardo

      I didn’t learn how to file taxes or run a business in college…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        You should have gone to “Filing Taxes and Running A Business College of Business”, also known as DeVry, Mike Pop’s alma mater.

    • throwstrikes

      Jete’s mom worked in accounting and his dad is a PHD. They might have helped a little.

  • Rose

    The steroids kind of make Arod’s contract much worse than it is. I mean it is what it is and you have to deal with it now…but I wonder what his contract would be…or if he’d even still be a Yankee had the steroids bust come out before his negotiations. He probably would have never opted out in the first place. Which would have been much better for everybody (assuming he declines a lot in his old age).

    Also makes you wonder how much of Arod’s contract negotiations will play a roll in Derek Jeter’s. The Golden Boy vs. The Anti-Hero. A straight-laced marketing machine and media Mr. Miagi vs. an (at least for now) former media laughing stock. How much does THAT have to play as well?

    It’ll be interesting but one things for sure. We’re stuck with Arod’s contract for now…and at least for now in 2010…it’s not bad.

    • Camilo Gerardo

      allegedly, he already had his first contract before he was experimenting with PED’s. His three 50hr season in texas could have contributed to the pay-raise from hicks’ standard, but I wouldn’t know how to substanitate that

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    The real question is how much money the Yankees could have saved(and how many more WS rings they would have won), if Scotty Bro were still the 3rd baseman?

    /dynasty 4ever’d

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      Assuming he played every game for the last 10 years, I think it’s safe to say…10

  • throwstrikes

    He has real estate investments. He’s probably lost more than I can make in a lifetime in the past few years on those.

  • MikeD

    If A-Rod “only” averages 32.5 HRs a year for the next four years, he’d then have to hit 50 HRs in his fifth year at age 38/39 to collect on that $55 million season. I think we know that’s not going to happen, although certainly see the point. The man is going to be making a ton of cash! Let’s hope he remains productive in the later years.

    So has there been a poll yet on RAB on if A-Rod will break the all-time HR record, and if so, what year? As a Yankee fan, I’m obviously hoping the answer is yes and in as few years as possible, but impact of age and injury are the unkowns.

  • JR

    he’s a good guy

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  • Kiko Jones

    In the eight seasons left on his Yankee contract, an average of 22 HRs per season would have A-Rod surpassing Barry Bonds for the all-time HR record. Which means he’d obviously pass The Babe as the Yankees’ HR king. If you factor in the opportunities to add a couple more MVP titles to his current three, and the possibility of acquiring another World Series ring or two, that would make him—whether you like him or not—one of the great Yankees.

    And all this while eventually playing in The Bronx for 14 complete seasons: longer than Munson, Donnie Baseball, or even Joe D, for those keeping score.

  • Tony

    I dont hate the player or the game. If the revenue is there the players will get a portion. If you limit the players salary then you are just transferring it to the owners.

    Its not coming back to the fans

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