Major League Baseball has more than its share of quirks. If you’d like to study the financing details of a ten-year player contract to find out how much so-and-so will make in 2021, there’s a stat for that. On the other hand, trying to find how much a baseball team’s manager earns is like trying to nab state secrets from a tight-lipped Soviet spy.
Some details have managed to leak out in recent years on the salaries of the game’s high profile skippers. None of them makes even the top ten on the Forbes best-paid U.S. coaches list.
When legends Jim Leyland, Bobby Cox, and Tony LaRussa retired, that left job openings at some of the sport’s top franchises. At least for now, baseball team owners are paying enormous sums to ballplayers but are getting the better end of the bargain when it comes to managers. Maybe that’s why teams are not forthcoming when it comes to how much their skippers earn. Based on the evidence at hand, here are the six top-paid managers in baseball for 2014.
6. Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers: $1.5-$1.7 million
Don Mattingly caught a great deal of flack in 2013 while trying to lead his injury-battered team to the playoffs (which he did). LA wisely resigned the former Yankee captain and rock in the dugout at Dodger Stadium ahead of the 2014 season. While management kept the details of the three-year contract under wraps, estimates based on Mattingly’s previously reported salary put his new deal in the range of $3.5 million to $5 million over the three years.
That puts Donnie Baseball around $1.6 million per year in 2014, making him one of the highest paid managers in the game. He earns about half that just for dealing with Yasiel Puig on a daily basis.