The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on December 8, 1988 · Page 18
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F 6 THE COURIER-JOURNAL, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1988 ngers to board Ryan's Express Associated Press All-time strikeout leader Nolan Ryan decided to stay home on the range but switch Texas addresses and agreed to terms yesterday with the Texas Rangers as baseball's winter meeting in Atlanta ended. The free agent's total package could be in excess of $3 million, including an option for 1990 and incentives. Ryan, who got a $200,000 signing bonus, will earn $1.6 million in 1989 and could earn $1.4 million in 1990. If the Rangers do not pick up his option, they will have to pay Ryan $200,000. In terms of bonus money, Ryan would earn $150,000 for winning the Cy Young Award, $50,000 for being named to the All-Star team and $75,000 for being selected the playoff or World Series MVP. Ryan, 41, had higher offers from California and San Francisco, but money wasn't the only factor. "I'm a diehard Texan," said the MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL right-hander, who has 4,775 strikeouts in 21 seasons, including the past nine with Houston. "I wanted to remain in Texas. The overriding factor was what I felt was best for me and my family." The Astros offered $1.3 million to keep Ryan, who was 12-11 last season with 228 strikeouts to lead the National League for the second straight season. "I'm disappointed the Houston situation didn't work out," Ryan said. "I wanted to finish my career in a Houston uniform." The New York Mets traded second baseman Wally Backman to the Minnesota Twins for three minor league pitchers. Backman, 29, hit .303 in 99 games last season with 17 runs batted in. The Mets also sent minor league pitcher Mike Santiago to the Twins for right-handers Jeff Bumgarner, Steve Gasser and Toby Nivens. Mike Schmidt will get less money than last year under his new agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies, but if his health holds up the slugging third basemen still could net $2.05 million. But money wasn't everything for the 39-year-old Schmidt, who has been named National League Most Valuable Player three times. "Loyalty surfaced on both sides, and that was the real reason I ended up where I wanted to be, in Philadelphia," he said. "I'm very pleased to be able to end my career in front of the fans I've come to terms with in the last few years." Schmidt last played Aug. 12, when he was placed on the disabled list because of a right shoulder problem that later was diagnosed as a partial tear of the rotator cuff. He underwent arthroscopic surgery Sept. 7 Redbirds draft two Special to The Courier-Journal ATLANTA The Louisville Redbirds, Triple-A farm club of the St Louis Cardinals, selected two players in the minor league baseball draft Tuesday. They were left-handed pitcher Steve Mumaw from the Toronto Blue Jays' Knox-ville roster and outfielder Vince Kindred from St. Louis' own Springfield roster. The latter was a move to keep Kindred, who spent most of last season on the disabled list, from being drafted by another team. and since has been involved in ex tensive rehabilitation. But he is eager to return to the form that has helped him hit 542 career home runs. "Come February and March I'll be in my best shape of the last 10 years," he said. Shula says he warned Duper about drug dealers Associated Press MIAMI Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula said yesterday he did all he could in 1986 to end Mark Dup-er's association with convicted drug dealers. Sports Illustrated magazine reported in its Dec. 12 issue that Shula and team owner Joe Robbie were told more than two years ago about photographs of Duper with Miami cocaine dealer Nelson Aguilar and other dealers. "The league and NFL team officials apparently did little to stop Duper's association with the dealers," SI said. The National Football League last week suspended him for 30 days for violating its substance abuse policy. "I was very disturbed by the implication that I was aware of alleged drug use or consorting with drug dealers and didn't do anything about it," Shula said. "As soon as I was aware of the photographs that were taken of two of our ballplayers with two convicted drug dealers, I immediately made the league security department aware of this and called the ballplayers in. (I) talked to them about having their pictures taken with these convicted drug dealers. "And that was the extent of what I could do." Duper was warned to stay away from Aguilar after a photo surfaced showing the two men and former Dolphins player Nat Moore, team security consultant Stuart Weinstein said. Contrary to the magazine article, Weinstein said, he did not tell Robbie about the pictures. 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