A record 77 baseball players will earn $1 million or more this season and nine players will make $2 million-plus, according to a study of major-league contracts conducted by The Associated Press.

Ozzie Smith, the St. Louis Cardinals' shortstop, will be the top-paid player this season, making $2.34 million,Outfielder Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox is second at $2,229,822, catcher Gary Carter of the New York Mets third at $2,160,714 and first baseman Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles fourth at $2,160,035.

Third baseman Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies is fifth at $2.15 million, pitcher Rick Sutcliffe of the Chicago Cubs sixth at $2.07 million and pitcher Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers seventh at $2.05 million. Don Mattingly, the New York Yankees' first baseman, and Dale Murphy, the Atlanta Braves outfielder, are tied for eighth at $2 million.