How much for Ripken?


The Chicago Cubs broke the barrier in baseball salaries Monday when they signed All-Star second baseman Ryne Sandberg to a four-year contract extension for an average of $7 million a year.

Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken, whose career has been comparable to Sandberg's, is in the last year of a contract that will pay him $2.1 million in 1992. Since the end of last season, Bobby Bonilla, now with the Mets, and Barry Larkin, the Cincinnati shortstop whose statistics have not matched Ripken's, have signed contracts for more than $5 million a year.

The Evening Sun would like to know what salary you think Cal Ripken should be paid. $5 million a year? $6 million? $7 million or more to make him the highest paid player in baseball?

To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today through midnight Sunday. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey topical issues.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

Look for the results in Monday'sEvening Sun.

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