Originally posted on The Comeback
By Matt Lichtenstadter  |  Last updated 1/5/17

Safe to say that Encarnacion wants people to show up to the ballpark in droves. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Professional sports contracts have all sorts of different bonuses, including for difference performance related items, being on the roster on a certain date, etc. But for new Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion, he has a bonus in his contract which isn’t necessarily new, but is quite unique in today’s sports world.

Encarnacion’s three-year, $60 million contract has bonuses based on the Indians’ attendance during his time with the team.

The contract Encarnacion signed with Cleveland is already fairly massive, but could get boosted even more based on how much the Indians’ attendance goes up in 2017 and beyond. And while this might not sound like a big deal, as Heyman says, he could hit that maximum bonus pretty quickly.

Last year, the Indians averaged 19,650 fans during the regular season, which was 28th in baseball, bettering only the A’s and Rays. So with those new season tickets, combined with the fact the Indians were one win away from winning a World Championship, the attendance boom could be substantial for the club, leading to Encarnacion’s wallet getting fatter as well.

Remember, the Indians sold out 455 consecutive games from 1995 to 2001, which for seven years was the longest sellout streak in the sport. With one of the AL’s best hitters now in the heart of the lineup, plus the team getting healthy, this could be the beginning of a very fruitful relationship for Encarnacion and the Tribe.

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Some players in MLB are mired in the desert of playing for a long time without playing for it all in the World Series. Who are the active players with the most games played without a World Series appearance?

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2001/2,500
Ichiro Suzuki
2004/1,804
Adrian Gonzalez
2002/1,749
Brandon Phillips
2002/1,733
Victor Martinez
2006/1,679
Nick Markakis
2003/1,622
Jose Reyes
2004/1,590
Joe Mauer
2002/1,573
Marlon Byrd
2003/1,545
Justin Morneau
2005/1,525
Aaron Hill
2004/1,519
Jose Bautista
2005/1,513
Edwin Encarnacion
2005/1,510
Brian McCann
2005/1,488
J.J. Hardy
2005/1,475
Hanley Ramirez
2006/1,443
James Loney
2006/1,433
Andre Ethier
2006/1,429
Russell Martin
2006/1,426
Matt Kemp
2005/1,408
Ryan Zimmerman
2006/1,394
Adam Jones
2007/1,376
Mark Reynolds
2008/1,371
Alexei Ramirez
2006/1,361
Michael Bourn
2007/1,354
Ryan Braun
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