Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Sunday, March 18, 2001

ESPN.com - Sosa gets $72M extension

He finally got his deal: $72 million over 4 years.  Of course, its really only a two year extension, since he has an out clause that pays him $1.75 million if he leaves then, or $3.5 million if he leaves after three.  All in all, it’s a pretty plumb deal for Slammin’ Sammy.

At the press conference he said:

“When I retire, I’m going to retire with a Chicago Cubs hat to the Hall of Fame.”

He’ll make it in for sure, because of the fame he’s attained, but its strange to look at his career.  He’s peaked big time at 29-31, which is a little, but not outstandingly, late.  His most similiar through age list includes 4 HOFers (Kiner, Snider, Killebrew, Reggie Jackson), 2 current players who’ll get in (Canseco and Barry Bonds), 2 stars of the 80’s who seemed like shoe-ins during their peaks (Murphy and Rice), Bobby Bonds and Rocky Colavito.  That’s a pretty impressive list. Unless he completely falters, like Murphy or Colavito, from now on, he’ll probably even be a legitimate candidate everyone’s book and warrant a first ballot induction.

James Fraser Posted: March 18, 2001 at 01:15 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags:

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Old Matt Posted: March 18, 2001 at 02:28 AM (#66062)
You seem pretty confident that Canseco'll make the Hall. Maybe the late '80's bash brother, but I think for the last decade he's more considered the guy with the pitching injury who you're lucky to get 100 games out of, so has to live year to year on incentive-laden contracts. He's below average on HOF Standards and barely over 100 on the HOF Monitor. My guess is he hovers over 50% of the ballots for a while, but never crosses the magic 75. Not a likely candidate for the veteran's committee either. At least I'd put him a few notches below Blyleven.
   2. Old Matt Posted: March 18, 2001 at 02:28 AM (#66322)
You seem pretty confident that Canseco'll make the Hall. Maybe the late '80's bash brother, but I think for the last decade he's more considered the guy with the pitching injury who you're lucky to get 100 games out of, so has to live year to year on incentive-laden contracts. He's below average on HOF Standards and barely over 100 on the HOF Monitor. My guess is he hovers over 50% of the ballots for a while, but never crosses the magic 75. Not a likely candidate for the veteran's committee either. At least I'd put him a few notches below Blyleven.
   3. Old Matt Posted: March 18, 2001 at 02:28 AM (#66862)
You seem pretty confident that Canseco'll make the Hall. Maybe the late '80's bash brother, but I think for the last decade he's more considered the guy with the pitching injury who you're lucky to get 100 games out of, so has to live year to year on incentive-laden contracts. He's below average on HOF Standards and barely over 100 on the HOF Monitor. My guess is he hovers over 50% of the ballots for a while, but never crosses the magic 75. Not a likely candidate for the veteran's committee either. At least I'd put him a few notches below Blyleven.
   4. Old Matt Posted: March 18, 2001 at 02:28 AM (#67648)
You seem pretty confident that Canseco'll make the Hall. Maybe the late '80's bash brother, but I think for the last decade he's more considered the guy with the pitching injury who you're lucky to get 100 games out of, so has to live year to year on incentive-laden contracts. He's below average on HOF Standards and barely over 100 on the HOF Monitor. My guess is he hovers over 50% of the ballots for a while, but never crosses the magic 75. Not a likely candidate for the veteran's committee either. At least I'd put him a few notches below Blyleven.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Chicago Joe
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP: 28 November 2016: Bud Selig reminisces about 1999 MLB trip to Cuba, meeting Fidel Castro
(1687 - 2:15am, Dec 04)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogA’s, Yonder Alonso agree on new deal
(19 - 2:15am, Dec 04)
Last: DFA

NewsblogOT - November* 2016 College Football thread
(558 - 2:15am, Dec 04)
Last: cmd600

NewsblogCarlos Beltran agrees to one-year, $16M deal with Astros
(14 - 12:38am, Dec 04)
Last: Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet

NewsblogBraves Acquire Jaime Garcia
(24 - 11:41pm, Dec 03)
Last: flournoy

NewsblogCubs sign outfielder Jay to 1-year contract
(9 - 11:34pm, Dec 03)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogVenezuelan players rally behind Omar Vizquel, threaten WBC boycott
(45 - 11:29pm, Dec 03)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

Hall of Merit2017 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(160 - 11:03pm, Dec 03)
Last: Bleed the Freak

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(1136 - 10:49pm, Dec 03)
Last: jmurph

Newsblog2016 Non-Tender Tracker
(5 - 9:15pm, Dec 03)
Last: puck

NewsblogHall of Fame: Bud Selig lock for election on Today's Game ballot | SI.com
(18 - 6:54pm, Dec 03)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogLifetime Achievement Award: Peter Gammons | BaseballAmerica.com
(135 - 6:32pm, Dec 03)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogD-Backs nontender Wellington Castillo, sign Jeff Mathis
(6 - 6:14pm, Dec 03)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogFree-agent catcher Jeff Mathis signs with Diamondbacks
(2 - 6:10pm, Dec 03)
Last: Matt Welch

NewsblogColumn: Nationals Must Go For It All To Win With Harper
(1 - 2:57pm, Dec 03)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Page rendered in 0.1303 seconds
46 querie(s) executed