On March 24, 1982 — When he ends his three-week holdout, the Dodgers automatically renew Fernando Valenzuela’s contract for a reported $350,000, but the Mexican southpaw refuses to sign the deal that makes him the highest-paid second-year player in baseball history. After earning just $42,500 in his freshman season, the National League Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year Awards recipient had asked for a raise to $850,000.

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