Curt Schilling and Baseball's Most Quirky Contract ProvisionsMon Dec 10, 2007 @ 10:20AM PST
Posted by Eriq Gardner
Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling recently signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox that kicked up a storm of fuss for the Baseball Writers Association of America. Included in the agreement was a provision that gave Schilling a $1 million bonus should he attain a single vote for the Cy Young award, the annual honor given to baseball's best pitcher as voted by baseball writers.
After Schilling signed the deal, he joked on his blog about offering one of those writers a "bribe" for their vote. The BWAA wasn't amused. It soon announced that it would exclude any player from MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year contention whose contracts tied bonuses to placement in voting. Schilling complained, and the BWAA retreated.
Odd contract quirks in baseball are nothing new. Mental Floss compiled a list of the 14 most off-beat contracts in baseball history. Former Houston Astros reliever Charlie Kerfeld required 37 boxes of orange Jell-O in his deal. Toronto Blue Jays thirdbaseman Troy Glaus needed $250,000 on top of his $45 million contract to care for his wife Ann’s equestrian training and equipment. New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran required the Mets lease a machine that throws colored tennis balls at over 150 mph. The rest can be seen here.