The Sport With The Longest Season Is…
A PGA golfer’s season usually starts in the early Fall (August/September) and ends the following year in the middle of Fall (October). That means PGA golfers have about a month off for the entire year!
While MLB players sometimes buy their own bats, they often have endorsement deals with brands, reports Baseball Boom. Teams also provide a certain number of bats for each athlete; they’ll buy a players’ preferred bats. Sometimes, players will simply purchase a bat they’d like to try out.
The Regular Season
The Major League Baseball season runs from the start of April to the end of September, with each club playing 162 games. That means about one day off every ten days, so baseball is pretty much “game-a-day”.
Seattle’s 116 wins in 2001 are tied with the 1906 Cubs for the most in a single season in baseball history. Chicago went 116-36 in 1906 and had a better winning percentage than the 2001 Mariners (. 763 vs. . 716), but 116 wins is the all-time record.
Baseball estimates between eight and 10 dozen baseballs are used in every major-league game.
At its simplest, baseball is a series of one on one encounters between a pitcher and a hitter. Each game has around 60 to 70 of these contests. The long season provides a greater significance to the statistics produced by each player and each team and baseball is all about statistics!
There has never been an undefeated team in baseball since the merger of the American League and National League and the founding of Major League Baseball in 1903. Before the creation of the MLB, in 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings achieved baseball’s only perfect season, going 57-0.
Professional baseball umpires don’t make quite as much as the MLB player minimum salary, but they’re still well off financially. According to Career Trend, the starting rookie umpire salary is $150,000 and the more experienced umpires and senior umpires (like Joe West) rake in as much as $450,000 per year.
In today’s dollars, Ruth would have been getting paid about $226,655 when the infamous trade happened. He was traded for $125,000, which roughly translates to just over $1.6 million dollars today. At his highest salary in 1931, he was making $80,000. In 2012, that would’ve been worth just under $1.2 million dollars.
You might assume baseball players get all the free tickets they want, and that life as a Major Leaguer is pretty much puppydogs and daffodils and giant stacks of front-row tickets for all your family and friends. But alas.
MLB Player Stipends
It’s almost unbelievable, but just six years ago, the 2016 collective bargaining agreement actually lowered the amount players would receive for meals to a mere $30 per day.
Baseball bats cost anywhere from $30 to $500, with most bats ranging between $75 to $150. The cost of a wood bat is between $30 to $200 while the cost of an aluminum bat is between $30 to $500.
With only 30 teams in the league and an unrivaled system in place to make money through television, sponsorships, merchandising, and, of course, ticket sales, the NBA is the king of money-making in the sports world.
After playing a total of 15 seasons in the NBA, playing for both the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, there’s no surprise that Michael Jordan is the richest athlete in the world.
Compare Average Salaries by League
The NBA leads in average player salaries by a wide margin, as evidenced by Statista’s list that also includes average 2019-2020 player salaries for the MLB, NFL, NHL and the MLS: Average NBA salary: $8.32 million. Average MLB salary: $4.03 million. Average NFL salary: $3.26 million.
Most bat boys make around $9 or $10 an hour.
Also, since they only work home games, they only get 81 days of work each year.
As with flights, teams pay for hotels — and they are the best of the best accommodations. Before the season starts, each team must provide the MLB Players Association with a list of all the hotels where the team will stay to ensure the hotels meet the specifications set forth by the union.
The first thing to understand is that, except in very rare circumstances, bat boys don’t travel on road trips with the team. So the home and visiting bat boys are both employed by the home team.
Once the game is completed, we all shower, eat dinner, and head home. By the time we leave the clubhouse it’s usually around 11pm, and it can sometimes be tough to unwind after a game. Sleep is key though, especially when you play 150 or more games in a season.
Up to 4 weeks vacation based on service time.