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Are baseball players paid too much? (Debate).

What happened to short-stops and center fielders who played for the "love of the game"? As the annual salaries of baseball players continue to skyrocket, critics complain that today's stars play the game only for the love of money.

All-star shortstop Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers earns about $25 million each year. San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds makes $18 million.

Both players deserve praise for their hard work and excellent play. But they earn more than 500 times what a typical teacher makes each year.

What do you think? Are baseball players paid too much?

YES: Why should athletes--who are, in fact, entertainers--make more money than firefighters, teachers, or doctors? These workers contribute more to the betterment of society than any shortstop, pitcher, or home-run hitter.

"Athletes get so much money that after playing a few games they can afford a trip to outer space," says Pedro Carlos Martinez, 13, an eighth-grader at Clifton T. Barkalow School in Freehold, New Jersey. "The amount of money they get compared to teachers is not fair. Teachers do more for a community."

NO: Hitting a curve ball, pitching a perfect game, or catching a line drive are not easy skills to master. Baseball players should be paid as much money as they can get. After all, they have talents few others possess.

"It's not a game anymore," Barry Bonds told The New York Times. "This is a business, [and] I earned this money."

Would you want someone to take back the money you earn, just because other people think it is too much?

VOTE NOW!

Tell us if you think baseball players earn too much Vote online at www.juniors.cholastic.com.
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