January 08, 2008

Crazy Stipulations

Over at Sports Evolution they give a very entertaining look at some of the most ridiculous contract perks to Major League Players. If you have the time, give this a look through. Who knows, you might just crack a smile:

3. Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros
Before Oswalt made a start in the 2005 National League Championship Series, Astros owner Drayton McLane promised to make the ace’s dreams come true if he won, specifically his life goal of bulldozer ownership. After Oswalt dominated the Cardinals to send Houston to its first-ever World Series, McLane came through with a Caterpillar D6N XL. Since Major League Baseball requires high-dollar gifts be disclosed, Oswalt signed an addendum to his contract, a “bulldozer clause,” authorizing the club to give him his new toy.

6. Carlos Beltran, New York Mets
Beltran’s mammoth seven-year, $119 million deal from January 2005 showed that he had all of baseball’s five tools but lacked a conditioned ocular enhancer, a gadget that throws numbered, colored tennis balls over 150 mph to help players pick up the speed of a pitched ball. So he got a contract clause requiring the Mets lease the machine and retain an operator for it. However, Beltran only hit .266 in his first year with the club, so maybe a used copy of Tony Gwynn’s tome The Art of Hitting would have been more cost-effective.


Anonymous said...

a bulldozer??? come on now

Anonymous said...

to beltrans defense he was injured for most of the season

Anonymous said...

37 jello cases...ha

Anonymous said...

id like to see some of the other ones