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Randy Bass Given $650,000 Contract in Japan

January 23, 1986

Randy Bass, the Oklahoman whose 54 home runs for the Hanshin Tigers in 1985 was one short of the Japanese League record, reportedly has agreed to a contract for at least $650,000, making him the highest-paid player in Japan.

Bass, who was named league MVP after leading Hanshin to its first-ever championship, hit .350 and drove in 134 runs for the Tigers last season. The left-handed hitting first baseman, 31, has played the last three seasons for Hanshin, which is located in Osaka.

Bass, a native of Lawson, Okla., played for five major league teams in the United States from 1977 through 1982--the Twins, Royals, Expos, Padres and Rangers. His career major league average was only .215, with 7 home runs.

The second-highest paid player in Japan is another former major leaguer, ex-Expo Warren Cromartie, who was paid an estimated $424,000 by Tokyo's Yomuiri Giants last season.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday January 24, 1986 Home Edition Sports Part 3 Page 1 Column 2 Sports Desk 3 inches; 83 words Type of Material: Correction
The new contract signed by Randy Bass with the Osaka Hanshin Tigers of Japanese baseball's Central League is a three-year agreement calling for $3,250,000 in salary, bonuses and incentives, according to Bass' agent, Alan Meersand of Professional Sports Management, Inc. Based on news service reports, The Times said Thursday that Bass' contract was worth at least $650,000, implying that it was a one-year contract. Bass' new contract makes him Japan's highest-paid player, putting him ahead of Warren Cromartie, who has a three-year deal for $2.5 million with Tokyo's Yomuiri Giants.

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