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Baseball's Greatest Scandals, #10: Steinbrenner vs. Winfield. (AZ Snake Pit, 4/18/2011)
The relationship between George Steinbrenner and Dave Winfield was soured almost from the beginning. Steinbrenner made Winfield the best-paid player in the game when he signed the outfielder to a ten-year term as a free-agent in 1980, when the 29-year old was already a four-time All-Star. But the Yankees owner never forgave the player or his agent for sliding a 'cost of living' increase into the terms of the contract, raising its cost from about $15 million to $23 million.
Eric Thames is currently batting .231 -- 12 hits in 31 at-bats. Nothing to write home about. Seven of his hits are home runs. He has struck out 15 times.