THE EVOLUTION OF MLB PLAYER CONTRACTS

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In 1964, the Cincinnati Reds signed 28-year old Frank Robinson to a one-year, $50,000 deal.

Robinson finished fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting that season, playing in 156 games, hitting .306 with 29 home runs, 96 RBI and an on-base percentage was .396 (not bad for a power-hitting, middle of the lineup guy). The Reds finished tied for second in 1964 with a 92-70 record, losing the division by a single game to the St. Louis Cardinals. In hindsight, Robinson was a steal.

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CHARACTER TRUMPS PERFORMANCE IN HALL VOTING

Roger Clemens

Will Roger Clemens get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown? That is the reverberating question following Monday’s not guilty verdict in Clemens’s perjury case.

The Baseball Hall of Fame ballot states: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

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THE $66 MILLION MYSTERY

Jason Bay

This is what the New York Mets were expecting: a middle-of-the-lineup right-handed power hitter who’d hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ runs; an above-average defensive left fielder with a strong throwing arm; a clubhouse leader and team player.

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