MILWAUKEE -- Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers disputed
his status as one of Wisconsin's largest tax delinquents, insisting
in an online journal that he had income taxes withheld from every
paycheck when he played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1980s.
"The Brewers went through [archives] and found that every
paycheck issued to Rollie Fingers while he was a member of the
Brewers had state income taxes withheld," read an entry dated Jan.
8 on RollieFingersSportsBlog.com.
Fingers confirmed to a Madison TV station by phone that he
operates the Web site, but he declined to discuss the post with WKOW.
Minutes after the interview ended, the entry was removed from
Fingers' blog. But WKOW kept a printout of the post, a copy of
which was provided to The Associated Press.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue lists Roland Fingers as No.
8 on its list of top 100 delinquent taxpayers. As of Monday
evening, the list showed Fingers owing the state $1,448,097 in back
income taxes, interest, penalties, fees and costs.
In his blog, the 60-year-old Fingers said the State Franchise
Board in Wisconsin was clearly mistaken.
Revenue Department spokeswoman Meredith Helgerson said
previously she is barred from discussing any specific taxpayer's
situation. She confirmed earlier this month the department's Top
100 list was started in January 2006 and Fingers was added in July.
Fingers said he was leaving the matter to his lawyer.
"Right now, it's in my tax attorney's hands," he told WKOW
from his Las Vegas home. "I'm not going to be able to talk to him
until the end of the week. You know as much about it as I do."
Fingers, known for his handlebar mustache, was a closer for the
Brewers from 1981-85. In his 17-year major league career, spent
mostly as a reliever, Fingers helped the Oakland Athletics win
three consecutive World Series titles from 1972-74.
He is eighth in career saves with 341 and was inducted into the
Hall of Fame in 1992.