Does anything exemplify the mess that is the Miami Marlins better than this graphic? The New York Mets played a three-game series with the Marlins over the weekend, winning two of the games. Their TV broadcaster, SNY, shared the amazing graphic seen above.
SNY says the Marlins’ home run sculpture cost more money to build than nearly everyone on the team’s roster is being paid this season.
Per Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Marlins’ opening day payroll is $50,526,900. Pitcher Ricky Nolasco is the highest-paid player on the team at $11.5 million this season. Placido Polanco is earning $2.75 million. Those are the only players on the roster making more than the $2.5 million figure. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is making $1.75 million, but he’s up to $2.75 million if you add in one million from his $4 million signing bonus signed in 2010. The Marlins are paying $4 million this season for Heath Bell to stink for the Arizona Diamondbacks, so they do have that going for them.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is NOT how to build an MLB team. But, hey, they do have an awesome sculpture to show for it:
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