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UPDATE: USA TODAY Average MLB salary up 1% from last year

Apr 5, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

Earlier USA Today ran a story saying that the average salary in baseball dropped 17%.  Now they’re running a correction:

CORRECTION: The average salary of players on
opening-day rosters was incorrectly stated in the original version of
this story. The average player salary is $3.27 million, a 1% increase
from $3.26 million in 2009.

I had all kinds of fun analysis based on the previously wrong numbers which is all now moot. I have nothing intelligent to add about a 1% increase, because that’s pretty meaningless.

Let’s go watch a baseball game, shall we?

  1. Jonny5 - Apr 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Da poor, poor, babies……

  2. RobRob - Apr 5, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    I believe the story has been updated to reflect a 1% increase in average salary, not a 17% drop.

  3. Megary - Apr 5, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    I would expect the follow up article, “Prices of Tickets, Merchandise & Food Fall 17% at Ballparks across America” juuuussssst about any day now…
    And you know Craig, the Stars and Scrubs strategy has been popular in roto for years. Just another way that sabergeeks have “ruined” the game.

  4. Megary - Apr 5, 2010 at 1:09 PM


  5. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Going to assume sarcasm, and for that a big +1

  6. BC - Apr 5, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    The 18% swing must have occurred when Ben Sheets signed.

  7. Joey B - Apr 5, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Wow, another brick in the wall for the dumbing down of America. No one involved in baseball could’ve possibly thought that was right. In order for it to increase or decrease, the replacement contracts have to higher or lower than the existing contracts. How many big money contracts are even replaced annually?
    All other things being held constant, you’d need 15 ARods replacd at minimum wage. You’d need probably the top 25 salaries in BB replaced by minimum wage players. Or else you’d need the entire NYY and RS team replaced, and then some.

  8. Joey B - Apr 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Just for the record, 17% ~ $415M. Did anyone on this planet think salaries had gone down by $415M?

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