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Highest Baseball Salaries Quiz

Name the players who have been paid the most over their entire career.
Through 2018. Not counting future salary
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Last updated: September 24, 2018
First submittedJuly 1, 2011
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Salary
Player
399 mil
Alex Rodriguez
265 mil
Derek Jeter
257 mil
Albert Pujols
252 mil
CC Sabathia
246 mil
Miguel Cabrera
221 mil
Carlos Beltran
219 mil
Adrian Beltre
218 mil
Joe Mauer
213 mil
Mark Teixeira
213 mil
Zack Greinke
207 mil
Manny Ramirez
199 mil
Justin Verlander
Salary
Player
190 mil
Felix Hernandez
188 mil
Barry Bonds
180 mil
Ryan Howard
178 mil
Robinson Cano
177 mil
Prince Fielder
176 mil
Randy Johnson
172 mil
Cole Hamels
171 mil
Torii Hunter
169 mil
Mariano Rivera
169 mil
Chipper Jones
168 mil
Gary Sheffield
168 mil
Adrian Gonzalez
Salary
Player
167 mil
Ichiro Suzuki
165 mil
David Wright
165 mil
Clayton Kershaw
161 mil
Todd Helton
160 mil
David Ortiz
159 mil
Matt Holliday
159 mil
Hanley Ramirez
158 mil
Alfonso Soriano
156 mil
Johan Santana
154 mil
Greg Maddux
152 mil
Ken Griffey Jr.
151 mil
Roger Clemens
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level 84
Apr 11, 2013
I count 22 players on that list that played in New York (either the Yankees or the Mets).
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level 43
Apr 11, 2013
There's more than that. I counted 28. And I may have missed a couple as well. meaning that well over half of this list has played in New York at some point in their career. Wow.
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level 73
Nov 18, 2013
i count 22 as well
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level 40
Jun 3, 2014
A-Roid, Jeter, Johnson, Sheffield, Rivera, Clemens, Beltran, Delgado, Martinez, Suzuki, Mussina, Giambi, Brown, Santana, Glavine, Pettitte, Hampton, Abreu, Sabathia, Ivan Rodriguez, Soriano, Texiera, Piazza, Posada, Berkman, and Damon gave me 26.
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level 67
Feb 1, 2015
There you have it. Pudge and Berkman never played home games in NY.
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level 59
Apr 19, 2015
Berkman played 37 games with the Yankees and Pudge 33 games....I'm pretty sure a few of those were home games.
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level 62
Apr 11, 2013
Is it just me, or are Todd Helton and Jim Thome the most integral baseball trivia answers ever? They are near the top of every list, but somehow they just don't spring to mind as quickly as their peers.
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level 52
Sep 1, 2013
I'd agree with that. Good quiz. 22/50, which is apparently pretty good.
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level ∞
Dec 1, 2014
Both players benefited from the tiny strike zone of the "steroid era" and Helton from the thin air of Denver. They have all-time great stats, but aren't really all-time great players.
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level 49
Jan 20, 2015
what do you mean ? Jim Thome is one of the best natural hitters and was clean, much like Griffey Jr who was also clean and talented.
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level ∞
Aug 15, 2016
I know this is a controversial opinion, but I think that smaller parks, the tiny strike zone, and possibly the ball were the cause of the "steroid" era. Certainly, steroids enabled certain older players to stay at their peak longer, but were, in my opinion, a smaller factor than is commonly believed.
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level ∞
Oct 25, 2019
More evidence for the above... There were more home runs hit in 2019 than in any year during the "steroid" era. The ball is probably the biggest culprit.
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level 81
Oct 2, 2014
Should add Joe Mauer to this list, looks like he crossed the threshold this season at ~$126M.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mauerjo01.shtml

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level ∞
Dec 1, 2014
Updated again.
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level 21
Jan 26, 2015
You get two just by typing ramirez
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level 73
Mar 17, 2015
and rodriguez
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level 78
Mar 18, 2015
Wow I got in the 46th percentile even though I got bored and gave up halfway through and was mostly just guessing random names. But I did know three of the top four.
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level 59
Apr 19, 2015
Can this be updated? There's a few that have jumped to the front of this list like Kershaw and Stanton. Thanks.
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level ∞
Apr 20, 2015
This is updated and accurate. The amount does not include future salary owed.
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level 55
Jul 30, 2017
Josh Hamilton now on this list.
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level 55
Jul 30, 2017
Justin Verlander also well over 160 million now
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level 55
Jul 30, 2017
Miguel Cabrera is on track to top this list in 2023.