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Spring Training Gameday Thread, #28: 3/21 vs. Angels

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The game will be preceded by Mike Trout blinking and earning 50 cents...

MLB: Spring Training-Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Angels Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout, now the best-paid man in North American professional sports, is hitting third in the Angels line-up. Indeed, at $430 million, it’s the largest amount in guaranteed money ever given to an American sportsman (as in the continent!). The previous high appears to have been $365 million, for the 11-fight deal which Canelo Alvarez signed with sports network DAZN last October. If you figure he fights every six months, that works out at about $66 million per year for Alvarez, which kinda blows away the likes of Trout, Harper and Machado. He’s not the only one. Football player Lionel Messi’s contract with Barcelona, covering 2017-21, was worth 450 million Euros, which is more than $510 million.

But the real money is if you can get in on the other side of the financials, not just the playing side. Endorsements, etc. raise Messi’s annual income to an estimated $111 million for the year. And even that falls far short of what Floyd Mayweather made last year. Thanks to pulling double-duty as both the fighter and promoter of his fight against Conor McGregor [4.3 million purchases on pay-per-view in North America alone, at $100 a pop], helped Mayweather’s earnings reach $285 million. All of a sudden, Trout’s contract perhaps doesn’t seem so excessive, after all...