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Sunday, April 26, 2020

MLB official thought Manfred would nix Hernández for Series

NEW YORK (AP) — A major league official testified he suggested Ángel Hernández be removed from consideration for the 2015 World Series because he did not think Commissioner Rob Manfred would approve the umpire to work baseball’s premier event.

Hernández sued Major League Baseball in 2017, alleging race discrimination and cited his failure to be assigned to the World Series since 2005 and MLB’s failure to promote him to crew chief.

Documents and depositions from pretrial discovery were filed late Friday night and early Saturday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan as part of Hernández’s motion for a partial summary judgment.

A member of the big league staff since 1993, the Cuba-born Hernández worked the World Series in 2002 and 2005. He was not picked after Joe Torre was hired in 2011 to head baseball operations.

A discussion of a current lawsuit involving an umpire of note for all the wrong reasons- and something of interest to read in full, as, even in short form, there are quite a few details of interest that are neither included in the quote or involve that subject.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Fans sue MLB, teams over ticket money, ask for class action

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pair of fans in New York sued Major League Baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred and the 30 teams, asking for their money back for tickets and for certification of class-action status.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by Matthew Ajzenman, who said he bought a partial season plan for more than 20 Mets games; and Susan Terry-Bazer, who said she purchased six tickets for a May 9 game at Yankee Stadium against Boston.

“Baseball fans are stuck with expensive and unusable tickets for unplayable games in the midst of this economic crisis,” the lawsuit said. “Under the pretext of `postponing’ games, at the directive of MLB, teams and ticket merchants are refusing to issue refunds for games which are not going to be played as scheduled—if ever.”

Ajzenman said his Mets plan cost $1,730 and he made a first payment to the team of about $317 last year. Terry-Bazer said she paid $926 to Ticketmaster and planned to take her grandson to the Red Sox-Yankees game.

Any thoughts on the legal merits of this case, such as they are?

 

QLE Posted: April 21, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: lawsuits, postponement, tickets

Monday, April 06, 2020

D-Backs Minority Owners Suing Managing Partner Ken Kendrick over Buyouts

Three minority owners of the Arizona Diamondbacks—Alfredo Molina, Jim Weber and limited liability company Carlise Investments—are suing managing general partner Ken Kendrick, per Zach Buchanan of The Athletic.

According to that report, they are claiming Kendrick and the Diamondbacks ownership group “acted unlawfully when it told them either to increase their investment in the team to at least a one-percent stake of ownership or sell each of their ‘ownership units’ back to the team at a price of $60 per unit.”

The attorney for the minority owners, Roger Cohen, said his clients weren’t legally required to increase their investment and believed Kendrick’s leveraging “had to do with consolidating and increasing the ownership stake of the remaining owners.”

“Why they would want to do that, why they would treat our clients that way, to be honest, I can’t imagine,” he added. “It doesn’t make any sense. There is no logic to it.”

Any thoughts on the merits of the actions of either the Diamondbacks or the minority owners?

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2020 at 12:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, ken kendrick, lawsuits, ownership

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Judge nixes fantasy players’ lawsuit over sign-stealing scandal

A federal judge in New York has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against Major League Baseball by a group of daily fantasy sports players, who claimed to have been harmed by the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox sign-stealing scandals.

In a 32-page opinion issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff lambasted the Astros and Red Sox for “shamelessly” breaking baseball’s rules and “the hearts of all true baseball fans,” but he denied the claim of the named plaintiffs: Kristopher Olson, Christopher Lopez, Warren Barber, Christopher Clifford and Erik Liptak.

Investigations by MLB found that the Astros and Red Sox used electronic devices as part of sign-sealing schemes during recent seasons. Former Houston manager AJ Hinch and an ex-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one season due to their roles in the schemes, and the Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount by MLB in 2017 for sign-stealing allegations.

Olson, who participated in daily fantasy baseball contests on DraftKings, filed the initial complaint in January, claiming that MLB, the Astros and Red Sox engaged in fraudulent practices that violated consumer rights and created “corrupt and dishonest” fantasy contests.

For those who want to read Judge Rakoff’s ruling:


https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nysd.530695/gov.uscourts.nysd.530695.55.0.pdf

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2020 at 12:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, fantasy sports, lawsuits

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Astros owner Jim Crane says MLB ‘exonerated’ him in sign-stealing investigation

Astros owner Jim Crane claims MLB’s investigation into the team’s sign-stealing “explicitly exonerated” him. Crane made the claim in a legal filing in response to a lawsuit brought by former MLB pitcher Mike Bolsinger against Crane and the team. Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic reports that Crane’s filing is an attempt to avoid being deposed and either dismiss the case outright or move it to Texas from California.

Per Kaplan, the relevant part of Crane’s filing reads: “I was not involved in any alleged rules violations by the Astros. Major League Baseball conducted an investigation into potential rules violations by the Astros. That report explicitly exonerated me and stated that I was unaware of and had no involvement in any rules violations by the Astros.”

In MLB’s report, commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in part: “At the outset, I also can say our investigation revealed absolutely no evidence that Jim Crane, the owner of the Astros, was aware of any of the conduct described in this report. Crane is extraordinarily troubled and upset by the conduct of members of his organization, fully supported my investigation, and provided unfettered access to any and all information requested.”

Jim Crane then claimed that wearing a tin-foil hat could keep his many enemies from reading his thoughts, and that he had a right to wear that everywhere he went…..

QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, jim crane, lawsuits

Friday, March 27, 2020

Astros request a new judge to hear lawsuit filed by pitcher Mike Bolsinger

Before Mike Bolsinger could ask a court to decide whether the Houston Astros played fair with him, the Astros claimed the judge could not play fair with them.

Bolsinger, a former Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, sued the Astros and owner Jim Crane in Los Angeles County Superior Court last month, arguing the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme resulted in a pitching performance so poor that he has been unable to find another job.

The Astros have not yet filed a response to Bolsinger’s claim. But Harry Mittleman, one of the defense attorneys, this week submitted a declaration saying the Astros did not believe Crane and the Astros could have a “fair and impartial trial” before Malcolm Mackey, the judge assigned to hear the case.

Mackey, 90, was first elected to the Superior Court in 1988.

Makes their comments of the other day sound rather hollow, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, lawsuits, mike bolsinger

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Astros Cite ‘Sincere Apologies’ in Response to Sign-Stealing Lawsuits

Lawyers for the Houston Astros said members of the organization expressed “sincere apologies and remorse” after the sign-stealing scandal.

According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, this is part of the argument presented to try to dismiss three different lawsuits from season tickets holders against the organization.

The lawyers argued the plaintiffs have no legal standing to recover damages, but first noted how contrite the organization has been:

“The ‘sign-stealing’ controversy has been a source of great disappointment to Astros fans as well as to the Astros organization. On several occasions, members of the Astros organization—including individual players and its Owner, Jim Crane—have expressed their sincere apologies and remorse for the events described in the report by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.”

That’s not how I remember it…..

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:34 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, lawsuits

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Carl Crawford, 1501 Label Sued by Megan Thee Stallion for $1M over Contract

Megan Thee Stallion is filing a lawsuit against 1501 Certified Entertainment, which is run by former MLB star Carl Crawford, according to TMZ.

Crawford signed Megan in 2018, and the rapper’s star has exploded significantly since then.

“In the suit, Megan lays out the most outrageous terms of her contract, at least in her eyes,” per TMZ. “For instance, she claims the deal calls for 1501 Certified to get 60 percent of her recording income. The remaining 40 percent goes to her, but she has to use that to pay engineers, mixers and featured artists who work on the songs.”

Megan is seeking a minimum of $1 million in damages.

For those of you who like having some surreal news to go with the rest of it.

 

QLE Posted: March 03, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: carl crawford, lawsuits, music

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Commissioner Rob Manfred, Bud Selig to be deposed in injury lawsuit

A judge ruled Thursday that baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, his predecessor, Bud Selig, and his top deputy, Dan Halem, are to be deposed by April 3 in a lawsuit over injuries a fan suffered three years ago when he was hit in the head by a foul ball at Wrigley Field.

The negligence suit against Major League Baseball alleges that MLB failed to take proper action to protect fans after conducting a 2015 review of safety in the stands regarding foul balls and thrown and broken bats.

Manfred, who succeeded Selig in 2015, has never officially mandated safety netting guidelines, but he did recommend extensions of the netting to the near ends of the dugouts by 2016. All 30 teams had extended netting to the far ends of the dugouts by 2018.

The plaintiff, Jay Loos, now 62, lost the sight in his left eye and suffered multiple facial fractures.

Fifty years from now, there’s a decent chance that the contents of these depositions may be of great interest to the social historian.

 

QLE Posted: February 29, 2020 at 12:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, injuries, lawsuits, rob manfred

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

MLB tells court attempts at cheating are a part of sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Attempts at cheating are a part of sports, Major League Baseball said in urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by fantasy contestants.

Five men sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five said they participated in DraftKings fantasy baseball contests.

“Rules violations — large and small, intentional and unintentional, technical and game-changing — are a never-ending source of sports television, talk radio, web and elevator commentary by sports pundits and fans alike,” MLB said Friday in papers submitted to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff. “And fans’ general awareness of the potential for infractions is underscored in this case by the fact that clubs were publicly disciplined for electronic sign-stealing violations during the 2017 regular season.”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred ruled last month the Astros violated sign-stealing rules during home games en route to their World Series title in 2017 and again in 2018. He suspended manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season each, and both were fired by the team. Manfred fined the Astros $5 million, the maximum under MLB rules and stripped the team of its next two first- and second-round draft picks.

If cheating is so inevitable, maybe going all-in with the bookies isn’t the brightest idea in the world…..

 

QLE Posted: February 25, 2020 at 12:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating, fantasy baseball, gambling, lawsuits, mlb

MLB tells court attempts at cheating are a part of sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Attempts at cheating are a part of sports, Major League Baseball said in urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by fantasy contestants.

Five men sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five said they participated in DraftKings fantasy baseball contests.

“Rules violations — large and small, intentional and unintentional, technical and game-changing — are a never-ending source of sports television, talk radio, web and elevator commentary by sports pundits and fans alike,” MLB said Friday in papers submitted to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff. “And fans’ general awareness of the potential for infractions is underscored in this case by the fact that clubs were publicly disciplined for electronic sign-stealing violations during the 2017 regular season.”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred ruled last month the Astros violated sign-stealing rules during home games en route to their World Series title in 2017 and again in 2018. He suspended manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season each, and both were fired by the team. Manfred fined the Astros $5 million, the maximum under MLB rules and stripped the team of its next two first- and second-round draft picks.

If cheating is so inevitable, maybe going all-in with the bookies isn’t the brightest idea in the world…..

 

QLE Posted: February 25, 2020 at 12:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating, fantasy baseball, gambling, lawsuits, mlb

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Phillies will unveil a new-look Phanatic on Sunday

CLEARWATER, Fla. — You might have heard that slugger Rhys Hoskins made some changes to his batting stance and swing over the winter.

Hoskins isn’t the only prominent Phillie who made some adjustments in the off-season.

Word around Phillies spring training camp is that the Phanatic has made a few alterations himself. Fans will get a peek at the Big Green Guy’s new look Sunday when the Phillies host the Pittsburgh Pirates at Spectrum Field. Aaron Nola will be the Phillies’ starting pitcher, Hoskins will be in the lineup, and, yes, the game will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Don’t fret, Phanatic fans.

A story about how the desire for cash is about to lead to changes to a beloved mascot.

QLE Posted: February 22, 2020 at 01:55 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, lawsuits, makeovers, mascots, philly phanatic

Monday, January 27, 2020

Class action lawsuit filed against MLB, Astros, Red Sox on behalf of DraftKings players

I’m not a law guy so I don’t know if this suit has any standing, but it’s interesting and funny.  It’s relying in part on the official ‘partnership’ between MLB and DraftKings.

BillWallace Posted: January 27, 2020 at 03:43 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, draft kings, lawsuit, lawsuits, red sox

 

 

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