That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Will Bryce Harper be the first to a $400 million contract?

January 4, 2017

MLB

October 13 2016: Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles in the seventh inning during game 5 of the NLDS at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3. to win the series. (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

Mike Trout, the LA Angels centerfielder won the MVP in 2016, with a team that finished in fourth place in the western division, Trout was also the MVP of the American League in 2014. Trout is 25 years old, and in my opinion he is a better player that Washington National’s right fielder Bryce Harper. Harper is looking for a 10-year $400 million contract.

Bryce Harper is 24 years old(one year younger than Trout)and has won one MVP, in 2015. Important to mention that year 2015 Harper became one of nine players in history with a 1,100 OPS under the age of 24. The others? Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig,Jimmy Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Albert Pujols(who still playing) and is part of a terrific one-two punch with Trout in the Angels lineup. OPS= On-base plus slugging (OPS) is a sabermetric baseball statistic calculated as the sum of a player’s on-base percentage and slugging average. The ability of a player both to get on base and to hit for power, two important offensive skills, are represented.

It is fair to say that Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are the two best players in the game today; I confess, I favor Mike Trout, because I cover him with the Angels, I see him and cover him. But both of these young guys, remind me of the early 1960’s when the talk in baseball was, who was better Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays. I am sure for San Francisco Giants fans, Mays was the best and in New York of course, Mantle was Numero Uno. In a way an east vs. west thing. As well as Trout vs. Harper.

Whichever player you think is the best in the game today, and Mike Trout also have some phenomenal numbers, (leading his league in many categories with an extra-ordinary talent) the only difference in my opinion is that Harper is a year younger than Trout, and it is closer to that $400 million deal than Trout. Unless in the next few years the Angels do the unthinkable and trade Trout to another team, then things could abruptly change for the “Millville Meteor”.

I am always amaze for the people that believe that these baseball contracts today are out of bounds, but nobody complaints when Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks make $60 million dollars in a single movie, or Ellen DeGeneres, a comedian and daytime television network show host who makes $75 million per year, also Judge Judy makes around $50 million per year deciding cases in a courtroom on television. Baseball today is not baseball in the 1950’s or 1960’s when $100,000 per season was a fortune. Major League Baseball is now a huge business, with marketing and billion dollar television contracts, it is a far cry from 1961 when Mickey Mantle would make $2,000 for a Television Brylcreem commercial, and that was considered “great”money.

Ex-Commissioner Bud Selig’s #1 achievement during his tenure was to make baseball as rich as ever. Nobody should complaint about players salaries. In baseball today, is a players market and they can make that money because the owners can afford to pay it. No owner that I know is in the business to lose money, and I do not see any owners looking for food in the trash cans behind McDonalds.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish TV voice for the Angels, the Spanish radio voice for the A’s and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

 

 

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