The Orioles never said what they're paying Cal Ripken Jr. in the contract he just signed for Year 2 in Baltimore, but Kent Hrbek knows. And knowing that Minnesota owner Calvin Griffith knows, too, Hrbek sat out the Twins' Florida opener.
"I never thought I'd do something like this but I had to show how I felt," said first baseman Hrbek, the only unanimous pick on the 1982 all-rookie team and second to Ripken in balloting for rookie of the year. "I didn't expect to get what Ripken got but this wasn't even close. We were offered about 40 percent of what Ripken got."
Ripken's salary, Hrbek's agent told Hrbek, is $180,000. Never mind Hrbek's .301, 23 homers, 92 RBI last season--fresh out of Class A--Griffith insists he take, tops, $85,000 (the average Twins salary is $67,000, lowest in the majors), have a good year, then try arbitration (for which Hrbek was not eligible in '83).
After skipping Tuesday's Toronto game, an unsigned Hrbek contributed a couple of hits yesterday as Twins beat Blue Jays, 9-3 . . .
Ranger Bill Stein's two-out, two-run double in the ninth off Tim Stoddard beat the Orioles, 5-4, in Pompano Beach . . . San Diego shortstop Garry Templeton, in for arthroscopy today on his arthritic left knee, is out all of spring training; longer, if cartilage damaged . . . Alexandria Dukes' 1982 star Rick Renteria pinch-singled off the White Sox for two runs in Pittsburgh's exhibition bow.