Ted Turner didn’t want to pay Gary Matthews what he was worth, but he had no problem spending a small fortune on the past his prime Mad Hungarian. Make no mistake, I love the Mad Hungarian. My most enduring memory of Hrabosky was a feature on This Week in Baseball in the late 70s. He was, in all the best ways, a character.
In December of 1979, he was not worth 5.9 million dollars, even if it was spread out over 35 years. The best part of his time with the Braves was featuring his antics on TBS for the entire country. He was OK in 1980, better in 1981, and at the end by 1982. HIs first year in Atlanta, only Phil Niekro was better paid. Insane.