Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub

May 22, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit.

The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday, joking he can handle the attention so long as he still gets paid.

McCutchen's two-week stub was left behind in the visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field last weekend following a series with the Cubs.

''It was given to me and I was in the middle of doing something else,'' McCutchen said. ''I put it down real quick and then we left, and I left it there.''

A Reddit user posted a picture of the statement, saying a friend came across it while taking a tour of Wrigley Field.

The four-time All-Star's $10 million salary is public knowledge, but McCutchen allowed there's a difference between seeing it in a story and seeing a pay check that looks just like yours, only with a lot more zeroes.

McCutchen's vital information - such as his address and the banking information on the stub - were blocked out. One thing that wasn't? The hefty slice that goes to the government (among other places).

''I ain't too worried,'' he said. ''Like I said, it's no surprise what I make but it is surprise for people that didn't know about all those taxes that got taken out.''

McCutchen grossed $820,659.88 during the pay period, though he took home ''only'' $427,098.49. Among the deductions: $322,074 in federal income tax, $19,285 to Medicare and $16,775 to the state of Pennsylvania as well as taxes in Missouri and Illinois, places the team visited during a recent road trip.

There's even a $9,856 deduction for something called the Pittsburgh Professional Athlete Fee. McCutchen shrugged off the attention, saying he hopes it's something people can have some fun with.

''I still got paid,'' he said. ''That money is in my account. OK, fine. Joke about it, cool. Laugh. Alright. I'm happy. Family is happy. Wife is happy. I'm happy.''

While social media took notice that McCutchen put only $1,500 toward his 401k (or 0.18 percent of his check) turns out there's a reason. That's the highest allotted by the IRS before it becomes taxable.