MLB’s $100,000 Mistake

It pays to be this name after MLB sends payment to the wrong player.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Athletes in any professional sport makes money–some more than others–in a variety of ways.

They get their game checks, their signing bonuses, and they even get a chunk of change from licensing checks. Licensing checks are basically royalties a player gets for being in the league and representing their brand, and a player continues to get them even after retirement.

Or they are supposed to; if they are sent to the right person, that is.

23-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton–who has never made it above Double A as of yet–received an interesting piece of mail this spring. He received–as reported by–an envelope containing MLB licensing checks worth over $120,000. Unfortunately, they were addressed to the wrong Adam Eaton.

“Cody [Ransom] was like, ‘Those aren't yours,'” Eaton recalled. “I'm like, ‘What do you mean they aren't mine? They're in my name.' He goes, ‘That's the other Adam Eaton. Do you live there?' It had the address on the front. ‘No.' I go, ‘Do I have to give them back?' He's like, ‘Yeah. You have to give them back.' I thought it over and I'm like, ‘Yeah, I've got to give them back.'”

So, who is the right Adam Eaton?

That would be the pitcher, Adam Eaton, who played 10 seasons with the Padres, Phillies, Rockies, and Orioles. During that span, he went 71-68 with a 4.94 era. He last pitched back in 2009 for the Rockies.

As amazing as it is, MLB could make the mistake of sending over $100,000 to the wrong player, same name aside. The craziest part of this story has to be that such an average pitcher is still getting such large checks, years after he left the game.

These checks, combined with the nearly $25 million Eaton made during his career, should be enough to get any kid out of the house and chucking baseballs.

If he can make that kind of cash, who says you can't also. Just make sure your checks get sent to the right address.