New York Mets catcher Gary Carter, who hit .222 (6 for 27) in the National League playoff loss to the Dodgers, was baseball’s highest-paid player this season with earnings of $2,360,714, according to a survey by USA Today.
Carter’s income included $200,000 in bonuses, and he was 1 of 11 major leaguers to earn $2 million or more. Seventy-one players earned at least $1 million.
St. Louis shortstop Ozzie Smith was No. 2 on the list with earnings of $2,340,000. Philadelphia third baseman Mike Schmidt was third at $2,250,000, of which $100,000 was donated in his name to charity.
Others members of the $2-million club were Jim Rice of Boston, $2,214,865; Eddie Murray of Baltimore, $2,142,904; George Brett of Kansas City, $2,138,661; Rick Sutcliffe of the Chicago Cubs, $2,070,000; Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers, $2,050,000; Dale Murphy of Atlanta, $2 million; Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees, $2 million, and Jack Clark of the Yankees, $2 million.
According to the survey, pitcher Mike Witt was the highest-paid Angel at $1,400,000. The Angels’ Tony Armas had a base salary of $100,000 but earned more than three times that ($325,000) in bonuses.