(Baseball StL) -- Well, let’s answer the second part first and then I’ll tell you how easy it is for a major league hitter to raise his batting average from .250 to .300. No charge, it’s all part of the value of reading this app.

But first, how important is it for a .250 hitter to become a .300 hitter? I can name several million reasons.

Below are the average salaries per position for major league players. Keep in mind this is an average, so Alex Rodriguez’ enormous salary of $27.5 million is counterbalanced by the $492,000 the Astros are paying Matt Dominquez. I also rounded them off.

•1st base - $5.7 million

•2nd base - $2.4 million

•Shortstop - $3.1 million

•3rd base - $4.75 million

•Outfield - $3.8 million

•Catcher - $2.2 million

•Pitcher - $2.8 million

Now if pitcher salaries seem low, remember this is ALL pitchers, relievers, set-up men and long relievers, not just starters, who obviously get paid much better. And, this is ALL players at that position, not just the stars and not just the starters.

So, we see a few things right away. First and third basemen make the most money. Why? Because those are generally the power positions on a ball club and where the home runs and the RBIs reside. No matter how much we talk about chemistry, it pays to be a run producer first and a great teammate second when it comes to contract talks.

We also see that outfielders make decent money and catchers and second basemen don’t. Why?

A quick look at the batting averages per position will provide ample illumination. This is two years old, but illustrates the point.

•1st base - .280

•Shortstop - .277

•Right Field - .276

•3rd base - .276

•Center field - .269

•Catcher - .267

•Left field - .265

•2nd base - .263.

One more stat to consider: the top three home run producers by positions are, no surprise, 1st base, 3rd base and right field. So we see a pattern. If you want to earn big league money, play one of the power positions and earn about twice as much as everyone else – as long as you produce those big numbers.

Exceptions to this typecasting typically get huge contracts. Yadier Molina, for example, is hitting in the .330s and recently was rewarded with $15 million a year for five years. Chase Utley, a dependable power-and-average man, is in the last year of a 7-year, $85 million deal.

But what if you are a typical 2nd baseman or a catcher, two of the lowest paid positions because your run production is low? Or worse, what if you are a center fielder with good speed or decent shortstop, but hit just .250? Well, you are probably earning small money and constantly worrying about who is likely to replace you.

That’s when you need to know the secret for transforming yourself from a .250 hitter to a .300 hitter.

Next: How hard is it to add those 50 points and make big money? Not as hard as you might think.

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