The United States is not only the main commercial partner of the Dominican Republic “number by number” in industrial, agricultural or oil matters, but also on a sporting level. There are many high-performance athletes that the country produces who are nestled in this great mecca, which combines the art of recreational sport with business.
The US economy bets on the sports market every year, for this reason it allocates millions of dollars to the marketing of each sport and, in large contracts for its athletes, an amount that will depend on the equipment (skill) and the number of skills. they have.
How far does the American sport progress? It had an average annual growth of US$50.5 billion between the period 2010 and 2020. In 2021, revenues were recorded for over US$77.8 billion, an increase of 6.5% compared to 2019 (the pre-pandemic year), in which US$73.04 billion was reported. According to Statista, the estimate at the end of 2022 is around US$80.5 billion and by 2023, the return is US$83.1 billion.
Behind these million-dollar contracts, are thousands of Dominican athletes who embark on this path to transform the economic landscape of their lives and leave their legacy in statues, bandages and rings throughout the history of each discipline.
At the end of 2022, which Dominicans will earn the best base pay in US sports?
Without underestimating the importance of other sports and limiting only baseball, basketball, and football, out of exactly 10 high-performing athletes who have the best pay for the year, eight millions earn “well above” double digits. are.
As of April 2022, Major League Baseball (MLB) had 975 active athletes on a 30-team roster. Of these, 275 baseball players were born outside the United States, which equates to 28.2% of the total. The Dominican Republic represented the largest number of major league players exported to a North American country with a figure of 99 players, representing 10.1% of the total and 36% of those not born in that country.
Manny Machado, who plays for the San Diego Padres in “Hot Corners”, is estimated to have a salary of US$30 million at the end of this season, making him the Creole who will make the most money this season; After signing a 10-year, $300 million contract with the team, according to Sportstrack.
The Cleveland Guardians have signed Jose “La Parra” Ramirez through 2029 after agreeing a deal worth $141 million. This year they will have to pay him US$22 million at the end of the 2022 regular season.
Juan Soto, who is looking for a contract closer to US$500 million, was traded from the Washington Nationals to San Diego in the middle of the season (July). For this move, the Padres had to assure him US$17.1 million for the rest of the season alone. Meanwhile, Atlanta Braves right fielder, Marcel Ozuna, is guaranteed to earn US$16 million, an amount that can vary if his team goes post-season and receives incentives with his bat.
The Metropolitan’s Starling Marte and Seattle Mariners’ Jean Segura have a base salary of $14.5 million and $14.2 million, respectively. In total, these six Kriolos are worth approximately US$113.8 million.
In the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Dominican Republic is slowly tapping into the talent. Currently, three Creoles stand out in that game “Big Tent”.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Carl Antony Towns has raised US$86.6 million from 2019 to 2021. In the 2021-2022 season, this amount is expected to increase to US$120.5 million, as his base salary is estimated at US$33.8 million. Meanwhile, Al Horford, who became the first Dominican to play in the final, would earn US$26.5 million with Boston Celtic.
Puerto Plata’s Chris Duarte, who made his debut with the Indiana Pacers in 2022, was an “acceptable” partnership to critics and is projected to be a superstar; He received US$3.7 million in the 2021–2022 season and has more than doubled, targeting US$9.3 million for this 2022–2023.
Defending guard Cesar Ruiz joined the New Orleans Saints in 2020, becoming the second Dominican to establish himself in that game. The new promise’s base salary is US$1.7 million, with an annual average of US$3.1 million for four years, which would add US$12.6 million to the total upon signing his contract.