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The "anti-Madden curse"

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.

MLB: THE SHOW COVER ATHLETE, SINCE 2006