Mo money set precedent before Disney president

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

From wire reports
Michael Eisner, in Hong Kong for Monday's opening of a Disneyland theme park, was asked by the Associated Press to name his worst mistake during his reign as Walt Disney Co. chief executive.

Eisner called the signing of Mo Vaughn by the Disney-owned Anaheim Angels after the 1998 season "the worst personnel move I've ever made or approved, worse than the one you're probably thinking about."

He was referring to the naming of Michael Ovitz as Disney president in 1995. Ovitz was gone after 15 months, and he got a severance package estimated at $130 million.

The Angels signed Vaughn for $80 million over six years, and he was gone after three, traded to the New York Mets for Kevin Appier.

A bit premature:

In an interview with the New York Post in March 2002, Vaughn said of the Angels, "Ain't none of them done a damn thing in this game, bottom line. They ain't got no flags hanging at Edison Field."

They did after winning the World Series in October 2002.

Late-night fodder:

Owens has demanded that the Eagles renegotiate his seven-year, $48.97 million contract, prompting Jay Leno to crack: "The new version of John Madden's football game came out - 'Madden 2006.' It's amazing how realistic the players are. Like Terrell Owens. Every three minutes, he tries to renegotiate his contract."

Odd choice:

Rob Dibble of FSN's "Best Damn Sports Show Period," on Milton Bradley being nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award: "To have Milton Bradley mentioned in the same breath as Roberto Clemente is absolutely disrespectful to the memory of Roberto Clemente."