America’s favorite past time has been baseball since the creation of the hotdog. Many a fond memory have been made and shared during the seventh inning stretch. Cities have been destroyed by overzealous fans during the coveted World Series. As in any team sport, there is always one person that leads the rest. One person who is considered the leader, the one in charge, the one that fans like to hiss and boo at when things go awry, and by the same token, the one they kiss and applaud and name their children after when they deliver the perfection that is demanded of them. In baseball, that player would be the pitcher. The man that stands in the middle of the field, throwing out his heart, sweat, tears, blood and at times a bit of his soul, in hopes of getting a strike.
If all the stars align and the angels sing, they also hope to win a coveted championship attached to their name, and a no-hitter to go along with it. As with any sport, money drives many decisions concerning personnel and staff. There must be enough money to get the best, and even more money to retain the best. Since starting pitchers are the face of the team, the ones fans recognize, the ones they cheer for, it is no surprise that pitchers make a whole lot more than most of their team mates. On the flip side, it’s them who get the brunt of the blame when they lose, yet they gentlemanly celebrate their wins as a team.
Let’s take a look at the top ten highest-paid pitchers of 2013. Their annual salary is as big as the dreams of their respective fans.
10. Roy Halladay – Philadelphia Phillies: $20,000,000 This Year
Roy Halladay pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2010-2013. since his debut in 1998 with the Toronto blue Jays, the 36-year-old Colorado native has amassed an astonishing 20 shutouts and 2,117 strikeouts. He is an eight-time All-Star and a two time Cy Young Award winner, and he even pitched a perfect game in May of 2010 against the Florida Marlins. His efficiency as a pitcher is due to his incredible two-seam, sinking fastball. His curveball and cut fastball are also a big problem for many batters. Now a free agent, Roy Halladay will likely see his paycheck rise for the 2014 season.
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