Morris, Twins reunited for 1 year, $3 million
Jack Morris, whose inability to land a contract from Minnesota in 1986 became a symbol of collusion in baseball, benefited yesterday from the collusion ruling by jumping from the Detroit Tigers to the Twins as a new-look free agent.
Morris, whose 162 victories in the 1980s led all major-league pitchers, agreed to a one-year contract worth $3 million. And he, not Minnesota, has options for 1992 and 1993 at $2 million a season.
If Morris pitches 240 innings and makes 34 starts in each of the next two seasons, the contract would be worth $11 million over three years.
The right-hander, who made $2.1 million last year, turned down a $9.3 million, three-year offer from Detroit.
The Twins are hoping that Morris, who turns 36 on May 16, can regain the form that made him one of the most feared pitchers in baseball. Morris, 198-150 with a 3.73 ERA, struggled the last two seasons, going 6-14 with a 4.86 ERA in 1989 and 15-18 with a 4.56 ERA last year.
* Bruce Hurst, a mainstay in the San Diego Padres' rotation since joining the club as a free agent for the 1989 season, has agreed to a $6.4 million, two-year contract extension through the 1993 season.
Hurst was the top free-agent pitcher available two winters ago and left the Boston Red Sox to sign a three-year, $5.25 million contract with the Padres. The new deal makes the left-hander the 32nd player to earn $3 million a year and the 13th pitcher.
* Pete Rose issued a statement yesterday that didn't address Monday's decision to exclude him from the Hall of Fame ballot. But the former Cincinnati Reds manager once again said he has never admitted betting on baseball games.
The major league career hits leader said he wanted to "correcan erroneous statement by many of the media and others, that I am on baseball's ineligible list for betting on baseball.
"That is not true," the statement said. "The agreement commissioner [Bart] Giamatti and I signed dated Aug. 23, 1989, states in the fourth paragraph, 'The commissioner will not make any formal findings or determination on any matter, including without limitation the allegation that Peter Edward Rose bet on any major league baseball game.' "
However, Giamatti said at a news conference the following day that he had concluded that Rose bet on major league games, including games involving the Reds.
The 11-day, 1,000-mile Tour Du Pont cycling race will be stopping at Baltimore's Inner Harbor May 11.
After carrying Donald Trump's name during its first two years, America's most important stage race event has a new sponsor, a new route, and a new broadcast network affiliation. The tour, to be held May 9-19, begins and ends in Wilmington, Del. -- the headquarters of the race sponsor, the Du Pont chemical corporation.
The event will also be staged in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. CBS-TV plans to carry 2 1/2 hours of race coverage on May 12 and 19.
On May 11, cyclists from 14 pro and four amateur teams will ride from Wilmington to Baltimore in the opening stage. That evening, the competitors will participate in a 30-mile criterium at the Inner Harbor.