Baseball Bats

July 29, 1998

Mo Vaughn’s departure from the Red Sox took a few more giant leaps toward reality. That Vaughn and Dan Duquette were not on good terms had long been established. Then the sordid details that had not already dribbled into the public discourse were on the march.

It was reported that beyond his loathing of the Red Sox general manager Vaughn’s disgust with Boston’s ugly battles with racism, past and present, gave him great pause in signing a contract extension. 

Vaughn said his misgivings were more directly related to allegations of drug use and demands that he submit to drug testing to prove them wrong. Duquette brushed off those reports, saying that the club did ask Vaughn to submit to an “alcohol evaluation” during that season’s spring training, but that Vaughn had refused.

At any rate, beyond the sniping, there was the reality that Vaughn’s likelihood of continuing his career in Boston in 1999 and beyond was nil. Almost as soon as the free agent market opened that fall Vaughn signed a six-year, $80 million deal with the Angels. Injuries cut his time in Anaheim to two seasons, after which he was sidelined for all of 2001, then went to the Mets for two seasons.

His career quietly ended there.

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