In 1986 after Eric Davis’ first full season in the majors with the Reds, one which he hit .277 with 27 HR, 71 RBI, 80 SB and 97 R in just 132 games, I distinctly remember Pete Rose, who was managing at the time, saying, “While other major league players are counting their money, Eric will be weighing his.” The following season Davis hit .293, with 37 HR, 100 RBI, 50 SB, scoring 120 runs in just 129 games. If it weren’t for constant injuries throughout his career, Davis may have been one of the truly elite and complete players this game has ever known.
Fast forward to Mike Trout, who has many of the same skills Davis had. Unlike Eric the Red, if he can remain healthy, it’s not a stretch to suggest that at some point he’ll be among the highest paid players in the game. That won’t happen yet, though. Trout made $490,000 last year as a rookie and because of the way the MLB collective bargaining agreement works, combined with a frugal decision by the Angels, he received just a 4% raise brining him to $510,000 this season. While that’s a very nice wage for most Americans, it makes Trout
arguably the most under paid player in the game.
Consider this… Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols will make considerably more than Mike Trout in just six games than Trout will make all year…
It’s snowmageddon all over again. Everybody Panic!!!!