The list — this year's update was released Wednesday — combines salary, winnings, bonuses and endorsements. Of the 50 athletes on it, 25 are baseball players. That means the MLB is batting a cool .500. That number is up from 19 last year.
Baseball players making monster money isn't exactly news, but it is interesting to see baseball players outnumber football players 25-7, when football is without question the more popular sport. There are many issues at hand beyond mere popularity — baseball's lack of a salary cap being No. 1 on the list, baseball players being more identifiable on the field being another — but it's still an interesting fact.
Here's the list of baseball players on the Fortunate 50 with their ranking and pay breakdown, as calculated by SI:
(9) Alex Rodriguez | Total: $29.9 million (endorsements: $900,000)
(10) Zack Greinke | Total: $29.02 million (endorsements: $20,000)
(13) Johan Santana | Total: $26.3 million (endorsements: $800,000)
(14) Felix Hernandez | Total: $25.6 million (endorsements: $600,000)
(17) Cliff Lee | Total: $25.28 million (endorsements: $280,000)
(19) Derek Jeter | Total: $25.1 million (endorsements: $8.1 million)
(20) Joe Mauer | Total: $25 million (endorsements: $2 million)
(22) C.C. Sabathia | Total: $24 million (endorsements: $1 million)
(23) Prince Fielder | Total: $23.5 million (endorsements: $500,000)
(25) Ryan Howard | Total: $23.2 million (endorsements: $3.2 million)
(26) Tim Lincecum | Total: $23 million (endorsements: $1 million)
(28) Mark Teixeira | Total: $22.725 million (endorsements: $225,000)
(30) Matt Kemp | Total: $22.4 million (endorsements: $400,000)
(32) Vernon Wells | Total: $21.6 million (endorsements: $600,000)
(34) Adrian Gonzalez | Total: $21.35 million (endorsements: $350,000)
(36) Miguel Cabrera | Total: $21.2 million (endorsements: $200,000)
(38) Justin Verlander | Total: $20.6 million (endorsements: $600,000)
(39) Roy Halladay | Total: $20.21 million (endorsements: $210,000)
(40) Matt Cain | Total: $20.1 million (endorsements: $100,000)
(41) Barry Zito | Total: $20.08 million (endorsements: $80,000)
(42) Carl Crawford | Total: $20.075 million (endorsements: $75,000)
(44) Cole Hamels | Total: $19.9 million (endorsements: $400,000)
(45) Joey Votto | Total: $19.25 million (endorsements: $250,000)
(46) Albert Pujols | Total: $19 million (endorsements: $3 million)
(50) Alfonso Soriano | Total: $18.2 million (endorsements: $200,000)
• The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers have more players combined on this list than the NFL.
• The Yankees lead MLB teams with five players on the list. Followed by the Dodgers (four), Philadelphia Phillies (four), Detroit Tigers (three) and San Francisco Giants (three).
• Four players on the list — A-Rod, Jeter, Teixeira and Santana — haven't played a game this season because of injuries. In fact, Santana is out all season.
• Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who topped the list at $90 million, made more in his May 4 bout ($32 million) than any baseball player on the list. SI says Mayweather could make as much as $128 million this year, which is more than the five Yankees on the list combined.
Want to see the complete top 50? Click through this slideshow:
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