Teams should spend wisely

Long-term contracts have been bad for teams and, to some extent, bad for the players as well.

Updated: January 9, 2004, 10:10 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Blaine Newnham of the Seattle Times thinks long-term contracts have been bad for teams and, to some extent, bad for the players as well. He wonders: when will the madness end?

  • Want some more proof that Pete Rose is a disingenuous, self-centered lout who cares nothing about the feelings of others? (As if you need it.) Then read this article by Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post regarding the passages in his new book regarding the brief major league career of his son, Pete, Jr. In them, he blames Reds management for not giving his offspring a fair shot when, we all know, that if Pete Rose, Jr. had been named Pete Jones, Jr., he never would have gotten a single major league at bat. Naturally, this has left Jack McKeon -- the Reds manager at the time -- in a fine state. "Pete better get his facts straight," McKeon, the manager of the reigning World Champion Marlins, told Capozzi. This is a transparent attempt on Rose's part to compensate for his lack of fathering skills by showing "concern" about his kid. What a sham and what a shame.

  • For those who still think Rose has a place in the Hall of Fame, consider this article by Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News. In it, Rose's former bookie, Ron Peters, insists that Rose not only made bets from the clubhouse, but from the dugout with a game in progress. That's pretty egregious stuff, folks.

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