10 MLB players and their favorite cars

Baseball is the only major sport in the United States that has its own song. Take me to the ball game is a game day classic among baseball fans. Dubbed the old American game, baseball today is an international sport with fans all over the world. Despite the steroid scandal that rocked the sport, baseball remained in the top three sports in America.

Although the former ball game is falling out of favor, it retains a strong fan base. MLB doesn’t generate as much revenue as the NBA and NFL, but is still raw enough to allow players to go home with a big paycheck. Unlike professional lacrosse players, baseball stars aren’t looking for affordable cars that can make anyone look rich.

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10/10 Aaron Judge – Audi A7 55 TFSI

Aaron Judge joined the New York Yankees in 2016. After several one-year contracts under $1 million, the Yankees came to realize how much they needed Judge. In 2022, Judge signed a juicy $19 million one-year contract extension. The outfielder is currently negotiating a seven-to-nine-year extension worth more than $250 million.

There are several reasons why piston heads love the 2022 Audi A7. The main reason would be its exquisite silhouette. For gearheads interested primarily in power, the A7 comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that develops 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. With an MSRP of $69,200, the Audi A7 didn’t hurt Judge’s wallet. In fact, it’s a wise purchase made by the judge.

9/10 Bryce Harper – ’69 Chevrolet Camaro Restomod

Bryce Harper is a terrific right fielder. Drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2010, Harper has won six All-Stars. His rookie contract was for over five years and totaled $9.9 million. The Phillies are upping the ante by keeping Harper with the help of a 13-year, $330 million contract through 2031. In the first 12 seasons of his career, Harper has earned a total of $144.419 million .

Harper’s Camaro may not be among the coolest gearheads restomods have ever seen, but it’s a beauty. Restomodded are a dime a dozen these days despite their high prices. Harper’s Camaro comes with a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 that produces 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque in stock condition. The sinister Camaro is powerful enough to give Harper a serious adrenaline rush.

8/10 Fernando Tatis Jr. – BMW M8 Competition

A native of the Dominican Republic, Fernando Tatis Jr. chose sunny San Diego to start his MLB career. The shortstop played his first game for the Padres in 2019. Two years after Tatis landed in San Diego, the Padres offered a 14-year, $340 million contract. Nicknamed “El Niño,” Tatis will hopefully help the Padres win a World Series title.

Tatis chose a car that would easily blend into San Diego traffic. The BMW M8 Competition is a beast equipped with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. This amount of power and luxury doesn’t come cheap. With an MSRP of just over $136,000, the M8 Competition isn’t made for the average income. For Tatis, it’s just a drop in a bucket.

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7/10 Jose Ramirez – Range Rover Velar

Jose Ramirez made his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2013. The third baseman remains loyal to the Indians. Ramirez agreed to a seven-year, $141 million extension with the Indians in 2022. As the All-Star third baseman has waned, he’s taking home a nice paycheck that will pay for the nice rides. that Ramirez might want in the future.

The Range Rover Velar is often perceived as a woman’s car. However, things are very different in the Dominican Republic. Owning a Range Rover Velar is a sure sign of success. Fitted at best with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 395 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque, the Velar is a good entry-level Range Rover. Ramirez opted for 22-inch Lexani wheels.

6/10 Justin Verlander – Ford GT

Justin Verlander is one of baseball’s most talented and award-winning active players. Verlander began his professional career in 2005 with the Detroit Tigers where he remained for 12 years. The nine-time All-Star then played for the Houston Astros. The pitcher agreed to a two-year, $50 million extension with the Astros after recovering from an elbow injury.

Verlander has a great collection of crazy vehicles. One of the nicest cars owned by the Astros pitcher is a Ford GT. Ford’s supercar comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that develops 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. It is well known that the Ford GT is a rare and expensive machine. With the money earned throughout his career, Verlander can afford to own a Ford GT.

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5/10 Max Scherzer – Porsche Taycan Turbo

Max Scherzer is an eight-time All Star and World Series champion. It is quite normal that teams with larger budgets are interested in Scherzer. For the 2022 season, Scherzer signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the New York Mets. Scherzer had a huge impact on his previous team, the Washington Nationals.

The Porsche Taycan is one of the best electric vehicles money can buy. Priced at $153,300, the Taycan Turbo far outweighs the Tesla Model S. First, it’s a Porsche. Second, things don’t fall apart at lightning speed. The Taycan Turbo develops 671 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Although the Taycan Turbo is far from being a Toyota Camry, it is still more discreet than a Lamborghini Aventador.

4/10 Mookie Betts – Chevrolet Corvette C3 Restomod

Tennessee-born right fielder Mookie Betts is a six-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion. With such a track record, it is quite normal that Betts is sought after by teams with larger budgets. After earning just over $33 million during his six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Betts agreed $365 million over 12 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020.

Several personalities in the entertainment industry have developed a taste for restored vehicles. Betts is one of them. The right-back was spotted watching a game while driving a blue C2 Corvette. It’s not the only car owned by Betts, but it shows he’s definitely developed a taste for the finer things in life.

3/10 Ronald Acuña Jr. – BMW X6 M Competition

Ronald Acuña Jr. is an outfielder from Venezuela. After making his American minor league debut with teams associated with the Atlanta Braves. With an original free agent contract of $100,000, Acuña was far from among the top earners. Things changed drastically when Acuña signed an eight-year, $100 million contract with the Braves.

Acuña got himself a custom 2022 BMW X6 M Competition after signing his eight-year contract. With his initials all over the vehicle, Acuña has made sure people around know who this bright yellow X6 M Competition belongs to. It is not known whether the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 has been modified or not. However, 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque is already a lot of power.

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2/10 Shohei Ohtani – Tesla Model X

It is well known that baseball is huge in Japan. As a result, Japan exported many of its outstanding players to the United States. Shohei Ohtani, designated hitter and pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, learned the ropes in Japan before accepting several small contracts with the Angels. In 2021, Ohtani agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Angels. That’s far less than Ohtani is worth.

Ohtani is a prodigy. Besides being an outstanding hitter and pitcher, Ohtani has a very particular taste for cars. Instead of opting for the usual Ferrari or McLaren, Ohtani opted for a Tesla Model X P90D. With 532 hp and 687 lb-ft of torque, the Model X P90D is a fast electric SUV. Tesla’s Model X was the first SUV to receive a perfect score in crash tests.

1/10 Wander Franco – Rolls Royce Cullinan

Wander Franco is a promising shortstop and third baseman for the Dominican Republic. At the age of 16, Franco was one of the world’s top prospects. In 2021, Franco signed an 11-year, $182 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Needless to say, Franco did what any 21-year-old would do with tons of money. He bought sick rides.

A look inside the incredible interior of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan will let everyone know that luxury is still the name of the game at Rolls-Royce. Franco decided to get a Cullinan sitting on some serious wheels. While it’s true that Franco signed a juicy deal, the $348,500 SUV might not be the best car for a rookie. To add insult to injury, $650,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Cullinan from Franco.

Neal T. Doss