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July 12, 2007 at 6:52 PM

Armstrong fires back at Marlins

Mariners president Chuck Armstrong is none too thrilled about the radio remarks made by Florida Marlins president David Samson. In a radio interview in Miami yesterday, Samson ripped Seattle management for the pending Ichiro contract extension, reported to be for five years with a total value in excess of $100 million.
Samson called the deal’s terms a “catastrophe for baseball” and added that “it’s the end of the world as we know it.”
Armstrong, moments ago, told The Times: “The Seattle Mariners, ownership and management, has never criticized another team for whatever they have done, even if we might consider it to be folly,” he said. “It strikes us as bizarre that Samson would go public and make such a statement.”
Here’s the full version of what Armstrong said in an audio clip. At the end of the clip, when Armstrong asks rhetorically how Samson even knew the details of a yet-to-be-announced deal, it is jokingly suggested to him that Samson read about it in The Times. Armstrong then responds that The Times story was inaccurate. I should make it clear here, that what Larry Stone reported was that the “total value” of the deal could be worth over $100 million. That’s not in salary alone, but in all potential bonuses, incentives, and other clauses. So, if the deal turns out to be worth $90 million in salary, plus all types of bonuses attached, don’t start emailing me. Larry wrote what he wrote. I’ll continue to update the game thread in the previous post. So comment here on this if you like and then go to the previous post for the in-game adds from me and any in-game commentary you may have.

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