Mlb Players Are over Paid

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Aaron Stout

Many middle and lower class Americans would agree with me that Major League Baseball athletes are dramatically over paid. Some of these athletes don’t think they are making enough money to survive on, which is ridiculous, due to the amount of money average Americans are able to live on. According to Eric Stephen of Associate Press, the 2012 MLB minimum salary has increased from $414,000 2011, to $480,000 in 2012 (par 3.) This is 10 times the amount of money the average American makes a year. According to My Budget 360 the average middle class working American makes $46,326 a year (“How Much Does the Average American Make? Breaking Down the U.S. Household Income Numbers.” Par 2.) Another problem teams are running into after paying their players large contracts is there lack of performance. It is also unfair to some of the lower income teams in the league. They are not able to pay the big name players in the league like many other teams in the league are able to. My argument with this is MLB athletes don’t deserve the amount of money they annually make, and it is unfair to everyday working Americans who are struggling to live the day to day life.

To begin with, I believe Major League Baseball players are way overpaid, and have no idea what it is like to live off a regular American salary. According to baseball writer, Richard Cato, many rookie athletes are worried more about how much money there are going to make, before they even think about throwing their first pitch in there major league career. Almost 10 years ago former cubs pitcher, Mark Prior, argued and argued with team management that his 10 million dollar contract was not going to be enough to support himself and his family (par 5.) This is where my problem begins with Athletes being overpaid. They complain about not making enough money each year, where middle and lower class Americans manage to live off there much smaller salaries. I personally think the league...
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