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Giancarlo Stanton and the Biggest Current Contracts in Baseball (2015)

Giancarlo Stanton Scores...The Biggest Contract In Sports History

Giancarlo Stanton Scores…The Biggest Contract In Sports History

Just when you thought there was no one left worthy of a super-megacontract, comes along the biggest contract in baseball history, one that breaks through the $300 million ceiling for the first time.

The Miami Marlins have locked up rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton for the next 13 years at a cost of a back-loaded $325 million cannolis.

It’s the largest current and ever MLB contract – and, by the way, also the largest contract in all of global sports history. AND, he’s only 25 years old, the youngest dude on this page.

What did Stanton do to deserve this? I mean, not THAT much. Sure he’s got the power, but he’s lacking in other areas by more than a little bit – and he strikes out a lot. Here are his basics:

YEAR G R H 2B HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 100 45 93 21 22 59 123 .259 .326 .507 .833
2011 150 79 135 30 34 87 166 .262 .356 .537 .893
2012 123 75 130 30 37 86 143 .290 .361 .608 .969
2013 116 62 106 26 24 62 140 .249 .365 .480 .845
2014 145 89 155 31 37 105 170 .288 .395 .555 .950

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Stanton is now baseball’s only $300 million man. Only one other current contract is over $250 million – and that is in the hands of a player who played exactly 0 games in 2014.

New York Yankees‘ suspensionee and now-admitted steroid man, Alex Rodriguez, still has three years left on a $275 million deal.

Detroit Tigers‘ 2012 triple-crown winner Miguel Cabrera* signed an extension just before the 2014 season – one that begins in 2016 and places him third overall below. But Cabrera is on today’s list of the “top 20″ biggest current contracts in baseball twice because his current $152.3 contract hasn’t expired yet (so it’s really a top 21).

All together, eight players have contracts of $200M or more.

Of all 21, only six are pitchers. What? Doesn’t pitching win championships? The most lucrative position? That would be first base with nine part- or full-time reps.

The Yankees represent the most big contracts below with five, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers with  four.

  PLAYER AGE^ POS. CONTRACT VALUE (YRS) SEASONS CURRENT TEAM GP IN 2014
1. Giancarlo Stanton 25 RF $325M (13) 2015-2027 Miami Marlins 145
2. Alex Rodriguez 39 3B $275M (10) 2008-2017 New York Yankees 0
3. Miguel Cabrera* 31 1B/3B/DH $248M (8) 2016-2023 Detroit Tigers 159
4. Albert Pujols 34 1B/DH $240M (10) 2012-2021 Los Angeles Angels 159
4. Robinson Cano 32 2B $240M (10) 2014-2023 Seattle Mariners 157
6. Joey Votto 31 1B $225M (10) 2014-2023 Cincinnati Reds 62
7. Clayton Kershaw 26 LHP $215M (7) 2014-2020 Los Angeles Dodgers 27
8. Prince Fielder 30 1B $214M (9) 2012-2020 Texas Rangers 42
9. Joe Mauer 31 1B/DH $184M (8) 2011-2018 Minnesota Twins 120
10. Mark Teixeira 34 1B $180M (8) 2009-2016 New York Yankees 123
10. Justin Verlander 31 RHP $180M (7) 2013-2019 Detroit Tigers 32
12. Felix Hernandez 28 RHP $175M (7) 2013-2019 Seattle Mariners 34
13. Buster Posey 27 C/1B $167M (9) 2013-2021 San Francisco Giants 147
14. CC Sabathia 34 LHP $161M (7) 2009-2015 New York Yankees 8
15. Matt Kemp 30 RF/LF/CF $160M (8) 2012-2019 Los Angeles Dodgers 150
16. Troy Tulowitzki 30 SS $157.8M (10) 2011-2020 Colorado Rockies 91
17. Masahiro Tanaka 26 RHP $155M (7) 2014-2020 New York Yankees 20
18. Adrian Gonzalez 32 1B $154M (7) 2012-2018 Los Angeles Dodgers 159
19. Jacoby Ellsbury 31 CF $153M (7) 2014-2020 New York Yankees 149
20. Miguel Cabrera* 31 1B/3B/DH $152.3M (8) 2008-2015 Detroit Tigers 159
21. Zack Greinke 31 RHP $147M (6) 2013-2018 Los Angeles Dodgers 32

^ Age at the time of this original posting Nov. 19, 2014

Source: baseballprospectus.com, which lists the all-time list of baseball’s biggest contracts.

Photo: miamiherald.com

Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Unanimous Winners of the Cy Young Award

Clayton Kershaw Joins Sandy Koufax (And Orel Hershiser) As Unanimous Cy Young Award Winners For The Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Joins Sandy Koufax (And Orel Hershiser) As Unanimous Cy Young Award Winners For The Los Angeles Dodgers

Since the Cy Young Award‘s inception (1956), only 17 pitchers have won it unanimously, including this season’s winner, Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw takes home the 2014 National League Cy Young – his third – with 100% of the first-place votes. And you can see why, by the numbers below.

He’s no Sandy Koufax, though. No one is.

Koufax – back when there was only one award for the whole Major Leagues – did it three times (more than anybody) and in utterly dominant fashion.

He and Greg Maddux are the only pitchers to do it back-to-back.

Find all 23 times the voters went one way in today’s list. In 1968, both the NL winner (Bob Gibson) and AL winner (Denny McLain) snatched all the votes between the two of them – the only time that’s happened.

SEASON PITCHER TEAM LEAGUE W L ERA K
1. 1963 Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers ML* 25 5 1.88 306
2. 1965 Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers ML* 26 8 2.04 382
3. 1966 Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers ML* 27 9 1.73 317
4. 1968 Denny McLain Detroit Tigers AL 31 6 1.96 280
5. 1968 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals NL 22 9 1.12 268
6. 1972 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies NL 27 10 1.97 310
7. 1978 Ron Guidry New York Yankees AL 25 3 1.74 248
8. 1984 Rick Sutcliffe Chicago Cubs NL 16 1 2.69 155
9. 1985 Dwight Gooden New York Mets NL 24 4 1.53 268
10. 1986 Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox AL 24 4 2.48 238
11. 1988 Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers NL 23 8 2.26 178
12. 1994 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves NL 16 6 1.56 156
13. 1995 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves NL 19 2 1.63 181
14. 1998 Roger Clemens Toronto Blue Jays AL 20 6 2.65 271
15. 1999 Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox AL 23 4 2.07 313
16. 2000 Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox AL 18 6 1.74 284
17. 2002 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks NL 24 5 2.32 334
18. 2004 Johan Santana Minnesota Twins AL 20 6 2.61 265
19. 2006 Johan Santana Minnesota Twins AL 19 6 2.77 245
20. 2007 Jake Peavy San Diego Padres NL 19 6 2.54 240
21. 2010 Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies NL 21 10 2.44 219
22. 2011 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers AL 24 5 2.40 250
23. 2014 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers NL 21 3 1.77 239

* From 1956 through 1966, only one Cy Young was awarded to the whole league (ML). Beginning in 1967 two awards were given, one each for the National (NL) and American (AL) Leagues.

Photo: thewaxfantastic.wordpress.com

MLB: Managers with Multiple Manager of the Year Awards

Buck Showalter Wins His Third Manager Of The Year Award; Matt Williams, His First.

Buck Showalter Wins His Third Manager Of The Year Award; Matt Williams, His First.

Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter won his third Manager of the Year award today – and for his third AL team, no less (the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, too). Showalter is tied with three other managers with three awards apiece.

The Manager of the Year award has been bestowed since just 1983. Only two have won four: two long-timers, Bobby Cox (30 years) and Tony LaRussa (35 years). Both won it in both leagues, LaRussa with three different teams.

Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella, Bob Melvin and Davey Johnson also won it in both leagues.

Here’s every manager that won MOY more than once.

MANAGER OF YEAR SEASON LEAGUE TEAM
1. Bobby Cox 4 2005 NL Atlanta Braves
2004 NL Atlanta Braves
1991 NL Atlanta Braves
1985 AL Toronto Blue Jays
1. Tony La Russa 4 2002 NL St. Louis Cardinals
1992 AL Oakland A’s
1988 AL Oakland A’s
1983 AL Chicago White Sox
3. Buck Showalter 3 2014 AL Baltimore Orioles
2004 AL Texas Rangers
1994 AL New York Yankees
3. Dusty Baker 3 2000 NL San Francisco Giants
1997 NL San Francisco Giants
1993 NL San Francisco Giants
3. Jim Leyland 3 1992 NL Pittsburgh Pirates
1990 NL Pittsburgh Pirates
2006 AL Detroit Tigers
3. Lou Piniella 3 2008 NL Chicago Cubs
2001 AL Seattle Mariners
1995 AL Seattle Mariners
7. Bob Melvin 2 2007 NL Arizona Diamondbacks
2012 AL Oakland A’s
7. Davey Johnson 2 2012 NL Washington Nationals
1997 AL Baltimore Orioles
7. Jack McKeon 2 2003 NL Florida Marlins
1999 NL Cincinnati Reds
7. Joe Maddon 2 2011 AL Tampa Bay Rays
2008 AL Tampa Bay Rays
7. Joe Torre 2 1998 AL New York Yankees
1996 AL New York Yankees
7. Mike Scioscia 2 2009 AL Los Angeles Angels
2002 AL Anaheim Angels
7. Sparky Anderson 2 1987 AL Detroit Tigers
1984 AL Detroit Tigers
7. Tom Lasorda 2 1988 NL Los Angeles Dodgers
1983 NL Los Angeles Dodgers

Photos: Kathy Willens, AP via springfieldnewssun.com / Christian Petersen, Getty via zimbio.com

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