So you’re a lefty and life is tough?
Stop your whining.
Look at the numbers . . . you’re in pretty good company . . . if you can survive adolescence.
This week we compare the salaries of left-handed pitchers with the average salary of all pitchers over the past 20 years.
I can be the first to admit the approach was less than totally scientific on this one. We did gather the pertinent data and we did comb the data (the data is losing hair just like you are – such a shame) . . .
But we didn’t do much else. It’s been a crazy week. Forgive me this once?
Here are the lefties we pulled:
|Name||Years in MLB||Highest Salary Earned||Year||Team during salary||Contract|
|Jim Abbott||1989-1999||$2,775,000||1994||NY Yankees|
|Steve Avery||1990-2003||$4,850,000||1997||Boston Red Sox|
|John Franco||1984-2005||$4,000,000||1993||NY Mets|
|Paul Gibson||1988-1996||$830,000||1993||NY Mets|
|Tom Glavine||1989-present||$11,000,000||2003||NY Mets||$42.5 million – 4 yr – NY Mets (2003)|
|Steve Howe||1980-1996||$2,500,000||1995||NY Yankees|
|Bruce Hurst||1980-1994||$3,000,000||1992||San Diego Padres|
|Randy Johnson||1988-present||$16,000,000||2004||AZ Diamondbacks||$ 53 million – 4 yr – AZ (1999)|
|Bob Kipper||1985-1992||$1,000,000||1992||Minnesota Twins|
|Al Leiter||1987-2005||$10,295,600||2004||NY Mets||$32 million – 4 yr – NY Mets (1998)|
|Joe Magrane||1987-1996||$1,500,000||1994||LA Angels|
|Eric Milton||1998-present||$10,333,333||2007||Cincinatti Reds||$25 million – 3 yr – Cincinatti Reds (2004)|
|Andy Pettitte||1995-present||$16,428,416||2006||Houston Astros||$31.5 million – 3 yr – Houston Astros (2003)|
|Greg Swindell||1986-2002||$4,450,000||1995||Houston Astros|
|Fernando Valenzuela||1980-1997||$2,050,000||1988||LA Dodgers|
|Frank Viola||1982-1996||$4,833,333||1993||Boston Red Sox|
|David Wells||1987-2007||$9,250,000||2001||Chicago White Sox|
|Dontrelle Willis||2003-present||$10,000,000||2009||Detroit Tigers||$29 million – 3 yr – Detroit Tigers (2007)|
|Barry Zito||2000-present||$18,500,000||2009||San Francisco Giants||$126 million – 7 yr – San Francisco Giants (2007)|
Here’s where the bias was introduced, we took the best contract or best years for the lefties. Good data is more rare than good chocolate.
Check out the average Pitching Salaries:
|Year||# of pitchers||Avg. Annual Salary|
|**2000||126 starting pitchers||$3,064,021|
|**2000||165 relief pitchers||$1,220,412|
|***2008||128 starting pitchers||$4,429,366|
|***2008||198 relief pitchers||$1,859,796|
You know I’m not a baseball nut, but Relief Pitchers . . . they play HOW MANY INNINGS?? If I can get the numbers I’ll break down what those fellas are earning per inning. Then you can compare your hourly rate to their inning rate and . . .
So here’s the point.
The average left-handed pitcher earns $7,031,352 annually and the average Starting Pitcher earns $4,429,366 which means the lefties get a mark-up of 59% over average starting pitchers.
So if you want to make more coin, start using your left hand!
Simple enough, 😉
Data Collected and Sorted by Whitney Ostrander.
Photo of Ned Flanders snagged from the Simpsons.