While the “Madden Curse” has been well-chronicled over the past decade, there is one video game cover athletes may still want to grace. That video game is Sony’s MLB: The Show. Since its creation in 2006, the cover athlete for the game has had a great year in terms of salary compensation.
Each athlete that has appeared on the cover went on to sign a contract worth at least $40 million that year or the following year. This year’s cover features Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who just signed the fourth richest contract in baseball history and the richest ever for a catcher.