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Bosox’ Vaughn Won’t Leave Beantown

November 11, 1997

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn, who earlier complained of unfair treatment during contract negotiations and said he would leave Boston if not offered a favorable deal, apparently has changed his mind.

``I plan on being back,″ he said Monday, while signing memorabilia at a community center in Providence.

``I’m too old to start building it somewhere else,″ he told the Providence Journal-Bulletin. ``Do you know what I mean? I’m proud of what I’ve built here, and it’s tough to walk away from it.″

The 1995 American League MVP and one of the most popular athletes in Boston history this fall accused management of setting him up to be blamed when contract negotiations failed.

Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette had said the team was making a sincere effort to keep Vaughn.

Vaughn, in the second year of a $18.6 million, three-year contract, said he did not regret his comments, but remained committed to the team despite a disappointing season.

``I went through a lot last year, but I take nothing I said back,″ he said. ``I want our organization to get better, to do the things it has to do to make us more competitive. That will never change, and that has nothing to do with money.″

Still, Vaughn said he had to look out for his interests.

``There’s what happens on the field and then there’s the business side. They’re completely different. And I just want to be paid in the same category as my peers,″ he said.

``I want to be here,″ he said. ``I want my baseball situation to be as good as everything else around here. And when I’m done playing, I want to have left something behind.″

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