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1.08.2004

Ludicrous Statement of the Day

From SI columnist John Donovan (italics added to highlight ludicrousness):

"I'm not asking you to feel sorry for Rose. He is, in fact, a character who calls for no sympathy, and that's no one's fault but his own. He's made millions of dollars playing baseball. He's made millions since retirement, in endorsements and memorabilia shows and just by being Pete Rose. His new book will bring him millions more. It's hardly a sob story.

But none of that is the point. Baseball has banned him from doing what he wants to do -- manage, be around the game, talk the game with baseball people, be in ballparks -- for the past 14 years. Now, tell me, in our society, which crimes merit that kind of punishment? Let me tell you. Not many."

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Addendum: Rich Aurilia just signed a one-year, $3.25 M contract with Seattle. That's nearly a 50 percent pay cut from last year ($5.25 M base salary plus $1 M signing bonus). If the Giants had offered him arbitration and he'd accepted, the lowest they could have paid him would be..wait a sec, I'm not sure if the 20 percent maximum pay cut rule is based on total compensation or not. Would signing bonus money be included? I'm guessing no. So 20% taken from $5.25 M is $4.2 M.

It's no doubt a bummer for Richie, who was kind of snake bit with the appendectomy and the tear duct problem in 2003, but at least his name isn't Robbie Alomar.



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