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Sunday, March 18, 2001
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:
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.
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