Twins' shares set record at $119,593

October 29, 1991

A full share for the World Series champion Minnesota Twins is worth a record $119,593, and a full share for the Atlanta Braves is worth $73,331.

After subtracting specified cash payments to players and personnel who didn't get a percentage share, the Twins voted 32 shares. The amount of a full share breaks the previous record of $114,252 set by the 1989 Oakland Athletics.

The Braves voted 36 shares and fell short of the record losing share of $86,221 set by the A's in 1988.

A full share on the NL East champion Pittsburgh Pirates is worth $39,656, and a full share on the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays is worth $35,248.

* TWINS: Jack Morris has declined to exercise a 1992 contract option for $3.65 million with the hope that he can agree to a new deal with the Twins at a higher salary. He has until Nov. 11 to file.

In order to exercise his option, Morris would have had to notify the Twins by yesterday. Both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the owners' Player Relations Committee said they did not received any notification.

Morris earned $3.65 million this season, including $500,000 in performance bonuses, a $50,000 bonus for making the AL All-Star team and $100,000 for being selected as the Most Valuable Player of the World Series.

Most option years are at the choice of the club, but Morris had the choice according to the deal he agreed to with the Twins on Feb. 5.

* YANKEES: Buck Showalter is expected to be named manager at a news conference today in what will be a recovery of remarkable proportions for the former third-base coach.

Showalter was fired along with Yankees manager Stump Merrill and four other coaches by general manager Gene Michael on Oct. 7. At that time, Michael said he would seek a new manager with major-league experience.

Then, the Yankees board of directors met and sent word to Michael that he ought to consider Showalter, a popular figure with the players, as a candidate for the manager's job. Michael took the suggestion and the fired coach immediately moved to the top of the list of candidates.

* RED SOX: Former manager Joe Morgan turned down an offer to serve as a special assistant to Boston general manager Lou Gorman.

Morgan was fired Oct. 8, two days after the Red Sox finished the 1991 season tied with Detroit for second in the AL East at 84-78. He was replaced by former Red Sox third baseman and minor-league manager Butch Hobson.

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