The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association has released the annual salary for the 2023 season.
On the 24th, the Japanese media Mainichi Shimbun said, “The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association announced the results of this year’s annual salary survey (excluding options). The total annual salary of registered players (714) of the 12 clubs was 31.9128 billion yen (approximately 316.41922 million won), and the average annual salary was 446.8 billion yen (approximately 441.37 million won), all of which reached a record high.”
Japan won the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held in March and the Japanese professional baseball, which caught fire at the box office, has high-class players such as Yoshida Masataka (Boston) and Senga Kodai (Mets) advancing to the major leagues, but the players Salaries are steadily increasing. However, it did affect the average annual salary by league.
The Mainichi Shimbun said, “In the Central League, player salaries increased by 11.7% compared to the previous year, but in the Pacific League, Yoshida and Senga decreased by 3.5% due to the transfer of players. It is the first time in four years that the Central League has surpassed the Pacific League.”
By team, Yomiuri recorded an average annual salary of 68.07 million yen (approximately 675.17 million won), returning to first place in 4 years. The lowest-ranked Nippon Ham was 42.38 million yen (approximately 420.38 million won), with a difference of 25.69 million yen (approximately 254.83 million won). Yakult, which won the Central League championship for two consecutive years, set a record high for the club again this year following last year with 47.97 million yen (approximately 475.83 million won).
In the contract renewal satisfaction survey, the rate of ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ was highest in Hanshin (60%), followed by Softbank (56.79%) and Chiba Lotte (56.6%). Rakuten (24.19%) ranked last, but exceeded 20% for the first time. The Mainichi Shimbun analyzed, “Whether the players can understand the achievements explained by the club is a factor that has a great influence on satisfaction.” 안전놀이터
On the other hand, KBO announced on March 7 last month, “The average annual salary of 506 players from 10 clubs, excluding newcomers and foreign players, was tallied at 146.48 million won.” Compared to last year (152.59 million won), which recorded an all-time high, the amount decreased by 4%.
It was about 3 times higher than Japan. SSG (KRW 175.59 billion) took the first place in team average annual salary, followed by Samsung (KRW 163.41 million), Doosan (KRW 162.15 million), KT (KRW 157 million), and LG (KRW 146.16 million).