Faculty Publications

Title

The impact of team revenues on MLB salaries

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Baseball, HLM models, Salary, Sports

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Sports Economics

Volume

10

Issue

2

First Page

192

Last Page

203

Abstract

We test which individual major league baseball (MLB) player characteristics, such as on-base and slugging percentages, predict a hitter's salary. We also consider whether some MLB teams pay more per individual characteristic than others by using a hierarchical linear model to allow the value that a team places on a player characteristic to vary across teams. We find that offensive statistics are key determinants of player salaries but that teams do not pay differently for them. There are team differences, however, in the salaries received by players who are eligible for arbitration. © 2009 Sage Publications.

Original Publication Date

3-26-2009

DOI of published version

10.1177/1527002508329858

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