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States That Produce the Most Successful Baseball Players

Joel Anderson

A summer evening at the ballpark, taking in a game as you enjoy a hot dog, remains a quintessentially American experience. But for all of the nostalgia that it stirs up, baseball has also been big business for almost as long as it has existed — and never bigger than today. The top players can expect to earn hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of their careers, driving intense competition to earn a shot at the big leagues.

Which part of America can claim the greatest number of native sons climbing to the top of the pile? To find out which state has bragging rights, GOBankingRates analyzed the 100 highest-earning players in league history through 2019, sourced from Spotrac, and found where each player attended high school. The final ranking demonstrates that while baseball talent comes from many different places, a few states are responsible for many of the game’s best-paid stars.

26. Nebraska

  • Total players: 1 (Alex Gordon)
  • Total earnings: $115,668,000

25. Wisconsin


  • Total players: 1 (Jordan Zimmermann)
  • Total earnings: $118,361,000

24. North Carolina


  • Total players: 1 (Josh Hamilton)
  • Total earnings: $146,925,552

23. Pennsylvania


  • Total players: 1 (Mike Mussina)
  • Total earnings: $147,017,167

22. Oregon


  • Total players: 1 (Jacoby Ellsbury)
  • Total earnings: $149,539,142

21. Ohio


  • Total players: 1 (Ken Griffey Jr.)
  • Total earnings: $154,444,250

20. Colorado


  • Total players: 1 (Roy Halladay)
  • Total earnings: $156,770,000

19. Maryland


  • Total players: 1 (Mark Teixeira)
  • Total earnings: $217,650,000

18. Minnesota


  • Total players: 1 (Joe Mauer)
  • Total earnings: $223,275,000

17. New York


  • Total players: 1 (Manny Ramirez)
  • Total earnings: $229,371,313

16. Indiana


  • Total players: 2 (Scott Rolen and Jeff Samardzija)
  • Total earnings: $222,450,002

Pictured: Jeff Samardzija

15. New Jersey


  • Total players: 2 (Mike Trout and Rick Porcello)
  • Total earnings: $237,877,792

Pictured: Mike Trout

14. Alabama


  • Total players: 2 (Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy)
  • Total earnings: $252,330,000

Pictured: Jake Peavy

13. Washington


  • Total players: 2 (Jon Lester and Tim Lincecum)
  • Total earnings: $267,223,423

Pictured: Jon Lester

12. Tennessee


  • Total players: 2 (Matt Cain and David Price)
  • Total earnings: $330,095,496

Pictured: David Price

11. Oklahoma


  • Total players: 2 (Matt Kemp and Matt Holiday)
  • Total earnings: $339,633,770

Pictured: Matt Kemp

10. Michigan


  • Total players: 2 (Derek Jeter and Derek Lowe)
  • Total earnings: $376,222,901

Pictured: Derek Jeter

9. Arizona


  • Total players: 3 (Paul Konerko, Andre Ethier and Ian Kinsler)
  • Total earnings: $353,229,708

Pictured: Paul Konerko

8. Illinois


  • Total players: 3 (Jayson Werth, Jim Thome and Curtis Granderson)
  • Total earnings: $388,103,340

Pictured: Jayson Werth

7. Arkansas


  • Total players: 3 (Torii Hunter, A.J. Burnett and Cliff Lee)
  • Total earnings: $462,066,600

Pictured: Torii Hunter

6. Florida


  • Total players: 3 (Alex Rodriguez, Zach Greinke and Prince Fielder)
  • Total earnings: $868,217,551

Pictured: Alex Rodriguez

5. Virginia


  • Total players: 4 (Justin Upton, Ryan Zimmerman, David Wright and Justin Verlander)
  • Total earnings: $686,149,500

Pictured: Justin Verlander

4. Missouri


  • Total players: 4 (Max Scherzer, Mark Buehrle, Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols)
  • Total earnings: $735,325,000

Pictured: Albert Pujols

3. Georgia


  • Total players: 5 (J.D. Drew, Nick Markakis, Buster Posey, Adam Wainwright and Brian McCann)
  • Total earnings: $622,899,500

Pictured: Buster Posey

2. Texas


  • Total players: 8 (includes Clayton Kershaw, Adam Dunn and Vernon Wells)
  • Total earnings: $1,158,267,373

Pictured: Clayton Kershaw

1. California


  • Total players: 11 (includes Randy Johnson, Barry Zito and C.C. Sabathia)
  • Total earnings: $1,781,440,339

Pictured: Barry Zito

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