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Angels offer Mike Trout baseball’s biggest deal yet

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/20/19, 11:58 am

The Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that will make the 27-year-old outfielder the highest paid player in major league baseball and one of the richest athletes in sports history, according to an ESPN report Tuesday. The deal eclipses the recent record-setting $330 million, 12-year contract that free agent outfielder Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Trout was expected to put his services up for bid in the lucrative free agent market at the end of the 2020 season, when his current agreement with the Angels expired, but he’ll now likely finish out his career with the team. “It’s well deserved,” said teammate Albert Pujols. “I don’t think there's anybody in baseball besides him who deserves that.”

The two-time American League MVP has a career batting average of .307, with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, and 189 stolen bases in his eight seasons in the big leagues. With the new agreement, Trout will take home an average of $36 million a year.

Meanwhile, the major league baseball season opened in Tokyo on Wednesday, with Seattle defeating Oakland 9-7. The Mariners will play the Athletics again Thursday in Japan, while the other 28 teams continue to train in Florida and Arizona in anticipation of baseball’s official start on March 28, the earliest opening day in history.


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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 03/20/2019 02:33 pm

    No doubt Mike Trout has an extremely scarce level of talent. 

    But the man participates in entertaining us, and commands this kind of compensation because some of us are willing to pay ever-increasing ticket prices to watch him perform. And because advertisers are willing to pay ever-increasing rates to place their commercial messages  where Mr. Trout’s fans will be exposed to them.

    This is a free society and economy.  I’m never going to argue that things like entertainers’ pay or advertisers’ rates should be limited or regulated.  It’s completely proper that the market’s demands set those rates. It is also completely acceptable to me that sports fans, and other entertainers’ fans, have the freedom to pay whatever they wish for the privilege of being entertained. 

    But I have to question the priorities of a society that places such a premium on being entertained that athletes, singers, and actors are paid astronomical sums.

    Same for the compensation of business execs:  we place such a high priority on having the latest clothing styles, vehicles, smart phones, social media venues, and so forth, that those at the top of companies that produce those things receive compensation that’s several-thousand-times what the average wage earner receives.  

    And don’t even get me started on the unbelievable money that’s “earned” by folks that move money from stock fund to stock fund, and so forth. 

    OK, I acknowledge I’m an old Scrooge and a grouch. I’ll shut up now. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 03/20/2019 05:49 pm

    I won’t try to argue that salaries in this country are fair based on effort and ability.  As you said, they seem to be strongly influenced by how much of a priority the skills are for society.  However, as the family member of someone in the entertainment business, I feel I should point out that it takers a lot of talent, grit, hard work, and luck to make it in the entertainment field.  

    According to baseballexcellence.com, to make it  in the minor leagues in the Florida State League, a player must play in 140 games from April to September, and they get maybe ten Sundays off.   Although these kids werethe best of the best of the best in high school or college, they find out how tough they are in the minors.  When everyone is a great player, even the best are going to experience a lot of failure before they can succeed.  On game day, they do a lot more than just show up-they have structured times for coaching, stretching, playing-and after they game they have to work out in the weight room.  And that’s the MINOR league.

    I can’t say I speak for everyone in the business, but I can share what I’ve seen with family members and friends in the entertainment business.  Most of them don’t make nearly enough to survive without a “day job.”  (Some have been teachers, others have worked in service industries or behind the scenes in some part of the entertainment business.). Even those who have college degrees in performance must spend hours and hours of unpaid time refining their craft, and most have to take lessons which can cost a lot of money.  The actors I know must go to auditions all the time-it’s like going for a new job interview weekly or more.  For some auditions they have to travel and pay for hotel stays (or find someone’s couch to crash on).  There is constant rejection, but the worst part is never having enough money.  Most of the ones I know have at least three jobs to help make ends meet.  That leaves very little time for any kind of life.  From what I’ve seen, even very talented and successful people must constantly struggle to keep working.  

    Most jobs are hard-that’s why they call it “work”!  Entertainment may seem effortless to the audience, but that is because of hours and hours of time and effort put in by the performers.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 12:04 am

    Not silent, please allow me to apologize for seeming to belittle those who entertain us, whether in sports, music, theater, as authors, artists, and so forth.  I recognize that might seem to be what I was saying. 

    No, I do not regard the business of entertainment as trivial or unimportant, or as “not real work,” and I should have made that clear. 

    My criticism is of misplaced priorities that pay a LOT to a very small number at the top of their fields, in that they are compensated far beyond police and firefighters, teachers, farmers, nurses and doctors, and anyone else of us whose work is vital to our survival.

     

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 11:03 am

    Old Mike, thank you so much for your apology. Perhaps my comment came across more strongly than I intended because I understood that you were lamenting the disparity in pay where a few individuals at the top are paid far more than the rest. (To be fair, that disparity is present in MANY fields, not just entertainment; and I agree that it's unfair.)  

    As you noted in your comment, I was addressing others who have said things to me that implied that entertainers don't really work or that they don't have "real jobs."  Ironically, some of the same people who seem to think entertainment isn't a real job would probably freak if they couldn't watch their favorite sports teams play or their favorite stars in movies or hear songs by their favorite singers!  Entertainment may not be "essential to our survival," but it defintiely contributes to our quality of survival!  Many people write music, poetry, or prose to express their own feelings and to help others who feel the same way. There is a famous Requiem by Verdi that was performed by prisoners in a concentration camp during WWII for their Nazi captors, and it is called the "Defiant Requiem" because on the surface it was a beautiful choral piece but underneath it was an expression of their resistance and desire for justice.  Even in the Bible, songs were used to express feelings and to inspire others to worship (i.e., the Psalms). Jesus used story telling (parables) as a way to express spriritual truth.

    Just like anything else, entertainment can be used for good or evil; and, while some types of entertainment may seem more helpful and productive than others, what one person finds helpful may seem horrible to someone else.  It's true that entertainers love what they do, and that love is often communicated to the audience; but they HAVE to love it or they would never be able to succeed in their competitive business. Ironically, I have come across people on other forums who didn't think doctors or teachers should be paid as much as they are paid-despite the education and sacrifice required for both.

    I have to watch myself because I often want to hold on tightly to what I have but I resent it if it appears that someone else is prospering.  I think the Lord is calling me to trust him enough that I can be generous and content with what I have and can rejoice when others succeed.  There is also definitely a place for calling out inequity and injustice, and I guess I'm still praying to find balance.

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