The career of a professional athlete is, on average, shorter than in most other fields.
It makes sense: to remain in the elite, they need to be in top physical condition, otherwise they risk giving up a competitive advantage.
They usually retire when they are 35-40 years old, so it’s important to plan for the future.
The vast majority of athletes need to have savings or come up with a plan for their golden years.
In MLB, a select group of talented and disciplined players who reach 10 years of service time, get the benefit of a pension.
It’s an important milestone to reach for reasons we will explain in a minute.
For now, it’s our duty to point out that a Houston Astros player has reached the milestone.
“Astros closer Ryan Pressly reaches 10 years of major-league service time today. It’s one of the most celebrated milestones in a big league clubhouse. The Astros now have five players who’ve reached 10 years of service: Pressly, Altuve, Verlander, Maldonado and Brantley,” Astros insider Chandler Rome tweeted.
Astros closer Ryan Pressly reaches 10 years of major-league service time today. It's one of the most celebrated milestones in a big league clubhouse. The Astros now have five players who've reached 10 years of service: Pressly, Altuve, Verlander, Maldonado and Brantley
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) August 9, 2023
When they complete 10 years of service time, MLB players get an annual pension of $100,000.
If they have been on an MLB roster for 1,000 days or more, they can get a maximum of $230,000 per year, depending on the case.
Pressly, who has a career 3.18 ERA and 104 saves, will now get that benefit which sets him up nicely for what will come after his MLB tenure is over.
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