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TY COBB AND NAVIN TALK OF SALARY. FLIGHT
By Ty. Cobbf
I consider my first duty to the De
troit, ball club and wish to amicably
settle my differences- with President
Iavin, although I would willingly
play with some other major league
team if I could get the salary I ask
and the Detroit club would trade or
v I do not consider my salary de-
mand too high, or unreasonable,
(Cobb is reported to have demanded
$15,000 and the. Detroit club is be
lieved to have offered $12,500) and
the figure I have named as the one
ior wnicn l wui piay, is jnuj. ine
greatest ever paid a ball player.
I know I am worth what I ask of
the Detroit club. I have some idea of
what I am worth to the Dtroit team
and many people have told me that
I am worth every cent I have asked.
To support me in this, there are
major league clubs willing to pay me
the figures I ask for my best services,
such as I have always given the De
. President. Navin's statement that
discipline prevents him making me
an offer is unfair to me. I always
gave Detroit the best I had. True, I
did not report for morning practice
eyery day; neither did other players
or,.the manager of the club.
'When a, game was in progress I
was always in there working over
time, as .every one will attest. I con
sider that my services have been un
appreciated to some extent.
Possibly Mr. Navin forgets my
work on the championshipNteams of
107-8-9, when I worked for a mere
pittance being paid $2,100 in. 1907
and $4,500 in 1908 and 1909.
I am willing to. confer with the
Petroit management and the mo
ment we can agree I am willing to
report and play good ball.
The statement that I consider my
self 'greater than baseball is scarcely
called for. I certainly have no such
impressipn, buj; I do know what I wUl.
play ball for. I think I have, .made my