To celebrate Roberto Clemente Day this year, we thought we’d showcase some of the awesome cars professional baseball players’ own. With Major League Baseball (MLB) being the second highest paying professional sports league in North America, there is no doubt that these baseball players’ cars are nothing less than amazing.
Owner: David Ortiz
Boston Red Sox’s #34 David Ortiz’s favorite car is his 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost. With a price tag of $298,350, this Rolls comes equipped with a 6.6 liter turbocharged V-12 engine producing as much as 563 horsepower. The supercharged engine allows the Ghost to reach 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
Rolls Royce never fails to impress with their high-end interiors. They describe the interior of the Ghost as an “air of calm confidence”, and that’s exactly what it is. The Ghost is lined with the finest leather in the world, customizable embroideries, the most intricate wood trim and numerous gadgets, such as massaging front seats and a 16-speaker premium audio system.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Owner: Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera won the All-Star Game MVP award in 2013 while playing for the Los Angeles Angels. In return, Chevrolet rewarded him with a Corvette Stingray. Although not as costly as some other baseball players’ cars, the Corvette Stingray still delivers stellar performance.
Equipped with a V8 engine that delivers 560 horsepower, the Stingray can reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. At a fraction of the price of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, the Stingray is affordable to the average consumer and has been regarded as the best sports car made in America.
Owner: David Price
David Price recently signed a massive seven year contract for $217 million with the Red Sox. Prior to being traded to the Red Sox, Price played for the Toronto Blue Jays for a year, during which he flaunted his custom Jaguar XJ-L.
The high performance XJ-L comes equipped with a 440 horsepower supercharged V8, reaching 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Although the XJ-L does not come with some of the state of the art gadgets you would expect from this caliber of vehicle, it does not disappoint when it comes to the plush interior and stunning trims, including real wood veneers, front massaging, and heated seats offered in the both the front and rear.
Owner: Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano of the Toronto Blue Jays drives a top of the line Maserati GranTurismo Coupe. The GranTurismo houses a port fuel injection V8 engine giving it 453 horsepower and taking the elegant vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
The interior of the Maserati GranTurismo features a leather-lined cockpit that also has a top of line Bose sound system. What is surprising about the Gran Turismo is that it lacks the back-up camera, commonly found in most luxury vehicles.
Owner: Jose Reyes
Jose Reyes, recently traded to the New York Mets, has an approximate net worth of $65 million and an annual salary of $22 million. Reyes, like many other MLB players, enjoys his supercars; amongst his favorites is his Ferrari California.
The Ferrari California was Ferrari’s first attempt at creating a vehicle that could be used on a daily basis. And oh boy did they succeed; the California quickly became Ferrari’s best-selling car as the first 10,000 manufactured sold out fast. While Ferrari advertises the California as a more affordable model, it will still set you back more than $200,000 depending on what trim level, features, and options you go with.
The California comes with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine capable of producing 552 horsepower; allowing the vehicle to reach 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds.
Check out Fifth Gear’s review of the Ferrari California below:
Owner: Aroldis Chapman
Pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the Chicago Cubs is known for holding the record for the fastest pitch ever recorded. On April 18, 2011, Chapman threw a 106 mile an hour fastball against Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Check out Chapman’s record-breaking pitch:
Being the fastest pitcher in MLB, it is no surprise that Chapman also enjoys his fast cars. Chapman’s Lamborghini Murcielago is regarded as one of Lamborghini’s top performance vehicles. The Murcielago is equipped with a V12 engine that propels the supercar from 0 to 60 in only 3.0 seconds, and is capable of reaching a top speed of 213 mph.
Top Gear’s Review for the Lamborghini Murcielago:
It really does pay to be a pro! What do you think of these baseball players’ cars? Which one is your favorite?