Major League Baseball might not be as big as the NBA but it still garners a huge audience in the US and Canada. It's among four of the oldest major professional sports in the United States. There are 30 teams currently participating in the MLB with 162 games played each season.
MLB has been growing over the years and recorded $10 billion in revenue in 2016. Over 500 million was paid to MLB teams during the same period. Teams are investing heavily in players and are willing to pay top dollar to acquire their services. This has seen the rise of millionaire athletes who play baseball.
MLB is currently the second-highest paying sport in North America with an average salary of $4.4 million. The highest-paid player, Clayton Kershaw, takes home $33 million every year excluding endorsements. You'd expect Clayton to be on the list, but he's a modest person and drives an Acura MDX, which he described as the best vehicle he had ever driven. There are MLB players who like living large and own a fleet of luxury vehicles. There's no harm in indulging when you get a $1-million cheque every month. We're likely going to see more big MLB spenders as the league continues to grow. Here are 20 MLB players who drive the sickest cars.
20 Felix Hernandez- Ferrari 458
Felix Hernandez plays for the Seattle Mariners, and he's one of the best pitchers in the business. 'King Felix,' as he's commonly referred to, is one of the highest-paid players in the MLB, making around $25 million a year. He owns mansions and very expensive luxury cars. His most outstanding car has to be the yellow Ferrari 458, which looks like a million bucks with color.
The base price for the Ferrari 458 is $230,000.
The car was first launched in 2009 and was on the assembly line up to 2015. The "458" is just another name for the Ferrari Italia. The baseball player also owns a customized Toyota Tundra, a Porsche Cayenne, and a Range Rover.
19 Robinson Cano- Porsche Panamera
Robinson is still playing baseball for the Seattle Mariners despite being 35 years of age. His game has improved as he's grown older, which works to his advantage. He takes home around $13 million, which can afford him all the luxury he desires. Every big celebrity like Kanye West, Sylvester Stallon, and Jim Carrey all drive the Porsche Panamera.
The Hybrid model of the Porsche Panamera has a base price of $188,400, which is steep for a vehicle of that nature.
The Panamera was first launched at the Auto Shanghai International Automobile show in China in 2009. It has a 4.8-liter Panamera S V8 engine and comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The cheapest trim of the Porsche Panamera starts at $85,000.
18 Jose Reyes- Ferrari California
Jose Reyes currently plays for the New York Mets as an infielder and has a yearly salary of $2 million. The controversial baseball player has had problems in the past with his wife accusing him of domestic violence. The two are still together despite Reyes having a kid with another woman and keeping it a secret from his wife for over 5 years. Despite all the controversies, Jose Reyes has a keen eye for cars. He owns the Ferrari California, which is one of the finest designs to have come from Ferrari. The car has a base price of $202,000, and you can expect to pay up to $350,000 if you include all the luxury packages and features. The car has a 3.8-liter V8 engine.
17 Ken Griffey Jr- Porsche Carrera GT
Ken Griffey Jr was a professional MLB player for more than 20 years. He's commonly referred to as the 'Kid' and still looks good even though he's approaching 50. Ken Griffey Jr has a love for cars and owns a couple of custom mods. He owns a Bentley coupe with a custom paint job and wheels. His most unique vehicle has to be the Porsche Carrera GT.
The car has a top speed of 205 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds.
This is the same car that was involved in a car accident that killed Paul Walker from the Fast and Furious franchise. The car costs around $440,000.
16 Francisco Liriano- Maserati GranTurismo
Francisco Liriano is currently a free agent but has played for top-flight teams in the past. His estimated earnings were said to be in the range of $13 million in 2016. Francisco Liriano drives the Maserati GranTurismo, which costs around $250,000. The GranTurismo shares the same platform with the Maserati Quattroporte V and has some parts that are also available in the Ferrari Scaglietti and the 599 GTB. The car has been in production since 2007, and the sales figures have been improving every year.
The car comes bundled with a 4.7-liter V8 engine with the option of a 6-speed semi-automatic or a 6-speed manual. It has a top speed of 188 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds.
15 Mat Latos- Audi S5
Mat Latos is currently a free agent but has played for the San Diego Padres for 3 years from 2009. Mat has had a career that's been hampered by injuries. He owns an Audi S5, which is a variant of the high-performance A5. The 'S' model comes standard with Audi's all-wheel system.
The S5 first came into the market in 2007 and had a base price of $71,000. The S5 has a more aggressive styling than the A5 and features a dual quad-exhaust with bigger air-inlets and side skirts.
Under the hood, you get a 3.0-liter V6 engine, and it comes with a 7-speed semi-automatic transmission. The S5 is also a quick car. It has a top speed of 155 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds.
14 Alfonso Soriano- Hummer H2
Alfonso Soriano has since retired from the sport but was actively involved for over 2 decades. He's one of the most humble players to have graced the game. He's always emphasized that money has never been a motivation for him. His blue customized Hummer 2 has been part of his public life for a very long time. The Hummer H2 was very popular with celebrities from the years 2005 to 2010. It was first launched in 2002 by General Motors.
The car had a 6.0-liter V8 engine and came with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2008 model could pull up to 393 hp at 57,000 rpm. An adjustable rear suspension came as an option. Alfonso's Hummer H2 had a custom paint job.
13 Billy Butler- Ford F350
Billy Butler, commonly named 'American breakfast,' played for the Kansas City Royals for 7 years but is now a free agent. His nickname can give you a hint of the kind of vehicle he's driving. The Ford F350 is one of the most reliable trucks on the road with consistent performance over the years. The super duty has been on the assembly line since 1998. The car is common with NFL players who enjoy modifications. The most common kind of customization is on performance and wheels. The truck looks more imposing with bigger wheels. The 6.0-liter V8 engine is available in the latest generations. The super duty F350 is a great vehicle and turns into a monster with the proper performance modifications.
12 Bryce Harper- Jaguar F-Type
Bryce Harper currently plays for the Washington Nationals as a right fielder and was voted the most valuable player in the MLB in 2015. The lad is only 25 years old but currently takes home around $13.7 million a year. He has a fine taste in vehicles and enjoys custom modification projects. He has a custom Mercedes-Benz CLS and a custom-built 69 Camaro.
Jaguar noticed his passion for rare automobiles, and he was named ambassador of the Jaguar F-type, a car that represents both the old and the new.
The Jaguar F-type is muscular and luxurious, which are qualities that make a good supercar. The car has been on the assembly line from 2013 and boasts of a 5.0-liter V8 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
11 Hanley Ramirez- Ferrari Italia
Hanley Ramirez currently plays for the Boston Red Sox as a designated hitter and is said to be earning around $22 million a year. With such a salary, it's not hard to see why Hanley Ramirez owns a fleet of the most expensive cars money can buy. In addition to the Ferrari Italia, Hanley drives a couple of other luxury cars and exotics. The Ferrari Italia is loved by celebrities mostly because of the exterior design and the speed. The base price for the Ferrari Italia starts at $230,000, and you can pay up to $400,000 depending on the packages you add. It has a top speed of 199 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under 3.0 seconds.
10 Edwin Jackson- Aston Martin Rapide
Edwin Jackson is one of the best pitchers in the game and currently plays for the Washington Nationals. He drives the Aston Martin Rapide, which costs $204,000 for a base trim. The Aston Martin Rapide has been a hit and miss in terms of sales figures and has had to go through a lot of changes before it could break even. The car's first plant was in Austria, but it was relocated to England because it couldn't meet sales targets. The company had intended on building 2,000 units per year.
The Aston Martin Rapide has a 5.9-liter V12 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It can get from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds.
9 David Price- Jaguar XJ-l
David Price is among the highest-paid players in the MLB. He has a $30-million-a-year contract with the Boston Red Sox and has the 8th-largest sports contract in the world, which is valued at $217,000,000. You'd expect David to be in the same league as Floyd Mayweather when it comes to luxury fleets, but David Price is a custom junkie. The Jaguar XJ-1 is his daily driver and has been in the news a couple of times. There was a time he got a flat tire, and the car had to be towed because it didn't come with a spare.The Jaguar XJ-1 has a base price of $75,400. Under the hood, you get a 3.0-liter V6 engine, which can produce up to 340 hp.
8 Aroldis Chapman- Lamborghini Murcielago
Aroldis Chapman plays for the New York Yankees as a pitcher. He has an annual salary of $11.6 million and knows how to eat life with a big spoon. He recently returned to his native country Cuba where he received a hero's welcome. Aroldis drives a custom Lamborghini Murcielago.
The Murcielago doesn't come cheap, and you can expect to pay up to $350,000 even for a used one that was produced a couple of years ago.
The Murcielago is one of Lamborghini's popular models because it was produced for the masses. The car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, which can produce up to 661 hp at 8,000 rpm. It has a top speed of 210 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds.
7 Mariano Rivera- Corvette Stingray
Mariano Rivera has played MLB professionally for 19 seasons and is a veteran of the game. His illustrious career has seen him accumulate wealth, and he's still doing well even as he approaches 50 years. He won the all star-MVP award in 2013. Chevrolet decided to gift him with a Corvette Stingray as a token of appreciation for his contribution and dedication to the game.
The Corvette Stingray has a base price of $60,000 and is one of the fastest cars from Chevrolet.
The Corvette Stingray has a top speed of 185 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. With such performance and a reasonably priced entry-point, the Corvette Stingray is considered as one of the best American sports cars.
6 Brandon Phillips- Audi R8
Brandon Phillips is currently a free agent but earned around $14 million in 2017. The 36-year-old played for the Cleveland Indians in the past. He drives an Audi R8, which is a German supercar that's popular with athletes and TV celebrities. The car has been in production since 2007 and is one of Audi's best-selling supercars.
The name comes from the Audi R8 race car, which was very successful on the track. The basic trim starts at $164,900.
The initial Audi R8 was equipped with a 4.2-liter V8 engine, which could produce up to 610 hp at 6,500 rpm. The car has a top speed of 200.7 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under 3.5 seconds.
5 David Ortiz- Rolls-Royce Phantom
David Ortiz is a nine-time MVP who's played 20 professional seasons in the MLB. He's nicknamed "Big Papi" and genuinely has a big heart. A joke involving him is often told of how if you're in the Dominican Republic and need help, all you have to do is to call Big Papi and he'll come to your rescue. This statement turned out to be true when professional basketballer Al Horford needed a car for his wedding and there weren't a lot of options. He called Ortiz who told him to send a friend to pick up the white Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The Rolls-Royce has a base price $417, 825 which makes it one of the most expensive luxury cars in the world.
4 Yoenis Cespedes- Polaris Slingshot
Yoenis Cespedes currently plays for the New York Mets as an outfielder. He's one of the top earners in the game with a yearly salary of $22.5 million as of 2017. Yoenis likes to drive customs, and it's not strange if he owns the Polaris Slingshot. I've written exhaustively on 3-wheelers, and a lot of them are really ugly. The same cannot be said for the Polaris Slingshot.
It's a powerful 3-wheeler with no doors or roof. It was first introduced in 2014. It has a 2.4-liter Inline engine and weights 791 kgs. The special edition has a 5-speed manual with 20-inch rear wheels. There's a 5-speed automatic set to be launched in 2018.
3 Mike Napoli- Aston Martin DB9
Mike Napoli is currently a free agent but has played for teams like the Los Angeles Angels, the Sox, the Cleveland Indians, and the Texas Rangers. He was estimated to be earning around $6 million a year in 2017. He's more known for his wild beard than for his cars. He currently drives an Aston Martin, which he's owned since 2014. He also owns a Range Rover, but it's the Aston Martin that he uses for his daily driving.
The Aston Martin has a base price of $211,000, and that price gets even higher if you include all the necessary luxury and performance packages.
The car has a top speed of 183 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under 4.5 seconds.
2 Carlos Gonzalez- Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Carlos Gonzalez is yet another MLB player on the list who's a free agent. He's played for the Colorado Rockies and the Oakland Athletics as a right fielder. His annual salary was estimated to be in the range of $10.5 million in 2014. He owns the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, which was designed for speed and performance.
The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is the new trim from the model and features a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, which can produce up to 730 horsepower.
The price starts at $399,500, and the Aventador is also a beast on the road. It has a top speed of 217 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under 3.0 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest Lamborghinis ever produced.
1 Ubaldo Jimenez- Bentley Continental Supersports
Ubaldo Jimenez is of Dominican descent and has played professionally in the MLB as a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians, and the Colorado Rockies. He's currently a free agent but earned around $13 million in 2016. He currently drives the Bentley Continental Supersports, which has a base price of $322,600 for the 2018 model.
The Supersports is a combination of power and luxury. Under the hood, you get a 6-liter 12-cylinder engine, which produces up to 700 hp. The 4-wheel is powered by an 8-speed automatic transmission. The coupe variant has a top speed of 209 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in under 3.5 seconds. The convertible models are set to launch to launch this year.
Sources: complex.com; wikipedia.org; celebritycarz.com