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Carrying a Big Stick in Future Negotiations

March, 2000. The site: a major league spring training camp. The general manager informs a young man that his $6-million salary cannot be increased. He pleads his case by confirming rumors that the club is facing bankruptcy.

Jumping to his feet, the youngster says: “I’m happy with the $6 million, but I’m sick and tired of sharing hotel rooms on the road. Provide me with a private room and I’ll double my efforts and guarantee a World Series.”

They shake hands on the deal, and, as they emerge from the room, curious bystanders see a relieved general manager accompanied by a smiling bat boy.

RALPH MANZA

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