1991 February

4th The 12 members of the board of directors of the Hall of Fame vote unanimously to bar Pete Rose from the ballot. He will become eligible again only if the commissioner reinstates him by December, 2005.

5th Jack Morris signs a contract with his hometown team, the Minnesota Twins. In doing so, he turns down a 3-year offer from the Detroit Tigers. The key is an opt-out clause after the first year that GM Andy MacPhail inserts in the contract, the first time this is used.  Morris will be a major reason that the Twins win the World Series, going 18-12 in the regular season and 4-0 in the post-season. He will then exercise his opt-out clause.

8th Boston pitcher Roger Clemens signs a 4-year $21,521,000 contract extension, making him baseball’s highest paid player. The contract calls for Clemens to receive $4.4 million in 1992, $4.5 million in 1993, $5 million in 1994, $5.5 million in 1995, and an option worth $5,830,250 for 1996.

The Braves sign free-agent Glenn Wilson but he will be released in early June without getting into a game.  He will have a swan song with Pittsburgh in 1993.

26th Former Yankee 2B Tony Lazzeri and former major league owner Bill Veeck are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee.