Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander (both New York Mets), who receive the highest salaries in the major leagues, also hit 62 home runs last year and earned the title of ‘American League MVP’ Aaron Judge (New York Yankees) ) was also not a match for Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels).
Ohtani appeared in 23 games as a pitcher in 2021, went 9-2 with an ERA of 3.18, and played 155 games as a batter, recording 138 hits, 46 homers, 100 RBIs, 103 runs, 26 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.257 OPS of 0.965, and unanimous American League. He was selected as the ‘MVP’ and spent a season that will remain in the history of the major leagues and was reborn as a ‘special star’. 메이저사이트
His performance last season was also not easy. Ohtani showed improvement from the 2021 season with an average ERA of 2.33 with 15 wins and 9 losses in 28 games on the mound. And at bat, although his numbers dropped slightly from the MVP season, he played in 157 games and recorded 160 hits, 34 homers, 95 RBIs, 90 runs, a batting average of 0.273 OPS and 0.875.
Ohtani, who made a mark in major league history with two consecutive seasons of pitching and hitting, reached the peak at the World Baseball Classic (WBC). As a pitcher, Ohtani recorded 2 wins and an ERA of 1.86 in 3 games (2 starts), and as a hitter, he had 10 hits, 1 home run, 8 RBIs, 9 runs, and a batting average of 0.435 OPS of 1.345 in 7 games. As a result, he vomited the spirit of being selected as the WBC MVP.
At the end of this season, Ohtani’s ‘value’, which is the first free agent in his life, is skyrocketing. The ransom, which was predicted to be 500 million dollars (approximately 650.2 billion won) not long ago, is now evaluated at 600 million dollars (approximately 780.3 billion won). Among these, Ohtani was named the number one earner among major league players this year.
‘Forbes Japan’ said on the 28th, “Ohtani has won numerous awards, including the American League MVP. This success has also affected the financial aspect, and he is now the highest-paid player in the baseball world.” “Ohtani’s Gross earnings, before taxes and agent fees, reached $65 million (approximately 84.5 billion won), which is expected to be the highest in major league history.”
Ohtani’s annual salary for the 2023 season is $30 million (approximately 39 billion won). By no means a small amount, but the annual salary is slightly less than half of total income. Ohtani is highly regarded off the pitch. ‘Forbes Japan’ said, “Ohtani is emerging as a global superstar, and sponsorship income is expected to reach at least 35 million dollars (approximately 45.5 billion won).”
The income from sponsors is incomparable to that of Ohtani even in the same major league. ‘Forbes Japan’ explained, “The highest amount of sponsor income was last year’s Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies) $6.5 million (about 8.4 billion won), and Aaron Judge’s sponsor income this season was $4.5 million (about 5.8 billion won).” This is well below Ohtani’s estimated $35 million.
Ohtani currently has partnerships with a total of 13 brands, including watch brands ‘Seiko’, ‘BOSS’ and ‘Fanatics’. Recently, he also signed a contract with the sports brand ‘New Balance’. These sponsorship revenues amount to a whopping $35 million.
‘Forbes Japan’ reports that Ohtani, who is expected to earn $65 million, is the number one baseball player in the 2023 season, Max Scherzer ($59.3 million) is second, Aaron Judge ($44.5 million) is third, and Justin Verlander (4430) 10,000) ranked fourth, followed by Mike Trout ($39.5 million), fifth, Anthony Rendon ($38.2 million), Carlos Correa ($37 million), Gerrit Cole ($36.4 million), Corey Seeger ($36 million), Nolan Arenado ($35.2 million) is expected to follow suit.