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Baseball’s Top Pitcher Makes History at 2% of Gerrit Cole’s Pay

  • Indians’ righty is off to historic start in shortened season
  • On pace to demolish Cole’s record for strikeouts per game
Shane Bieber pitches during a game in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 6.
Shane Bieber pitches during a game in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 6.Photographer: Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Indians’ Shane Bieber is having one of the greatest pitching stretches in baseball history. And he’s doing it for bargain-basement pay.

The 25-year-old righthander is leading the league with 14.7 strikeouts per nine innings, but will earn just $231,000. That’s a fraction of the contract Gerrit Cole signed with the New York Yankees that made him the highest-paid pitcher of all time. Cole holds the single-season record for the statistic, 13.8, achieved last year with the Houston Astros.