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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Former Giant Mac Williamson sues club over concussion that ‘ended my career’

Former Giants outfielder Mac Williamson is suing the organization over the concussion he sustained in 2018 when he tripped over a bullpen mound at Oracle Park and hit his head on the wall, saying he continues to have symptoms that include blurred vision, and that the incident “ended my career.”

“My life hasn’t been the same since suffering the injury,” Williamson said in a statement released by a public relations firm for Williamson’s San Francisco-based attorney, Randy Erlewine.

The rare action by a player against his former team over an on-field injury names China Basin Ballpark Company LLC as the defendant. That firm is controlled by the Giants’ partnership group.

The suit, filed in Superior Court in San Francisco, alleges negligence and seeks unspecified actual and punitive damages. It says Williamson was “one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball” when he got hurt. In a Zoom news conference Tuesday, Erlewine said Williamson could have earned “tens of millions of dollars” had the injury not occurred.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2020 at 04:22 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. caspian88 Posted: November 10, 2020 at 05:01 PM (#5988155)
To be honest, the on-field bullpen is just idiotic and should never have been allowed.
   2. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: November 10, 2020 at 05:04 PM (#5988157)
This is one of my big pet peeves. I do not understand how the PA has never ####### about that.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: November 10, 2020 at 05:07 PM (#5988158)
It says Williamson was “one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball” when he got hurt.


There must be either a different Mac Williamson or a different Major League Baseball than the one I recall.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 10, 2020 at 05:29 PM (#5988161)
It says Williamson was “one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball” when he got hurt. In a Zoom news conference Tuesday, Erlewine said Williamson could have earned “tens of millions of dollars” had the injury not occurred.
Hmm, let’s see here...Mac Williamson: 17 career home runs, 70 OPS+.

Yep, sounds like the kind of #### that would come from a lawyer who has a PR firm.

Edit: Coke to SoSH. That’s what happens when you’re in the middle of typing a post but get interrupted by a work call.
   5. DCA Posted: November 10, 2020 at 05:37 PM (#5988162)
First glance: Williamson hit 223/302/398 in 2016-18, 89 OPS+. That's not good, but it's not terrible, he was basically average (0.9 WAR, -0.1 WAA). In 2019, after the injury, he hit 156/250/258, 38 OPS+, -0.5 WAR. Maybe there's a case.

Second glance: He hit 367/443/722 in AAA in 2019. Yes, rabbit ball, but even accounting for that it's the best he ever hit at any level. No there's not.
   6. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: November 10, 2020 at 06:46 PM (#5988170)
Mac Williamson: 17 career home runs, 70 OPS+

Well, the Georgia and Pennsylvania returns aren't in yet.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: November 10, 2020 at 06:47 PM (#5988171)
Did the injury occur in a game or during practice? Was there padding on the wall? If not, I can see a case -- it would seem a clearly foreseeable accident and padding added. I assume there's language in the UPC around injuries so it might be necessary to prove negligence.

I have to agree that on-field pens make no sense. It would have been one thing to grandfather in Wrigley or other ancient parks, preferably with language along the lines of "will be addressed if any major renovations are undertaken" (which Wrigley did) but any park built after 1990 or so really has no excuse. Of course we could say the same about brick walls covered in ivy. And reduced foul territory in general. If the Giants were to lose here, we could see helmets worn in the field. I suspect that if things looked bad for the Giants, they'd settle before it got to court to avoid any precedent.

I wondered if they might try resorting to statcast data for the power-hitter claim but nope, pretty standard EV, career XBA/XSLG of 250/414.

EDIT: Obviously all small samples but to the extent he was holding a ML job, it was because of his solid defense ... and by TZ and DRS, his defense remained very good in his 300 innings in 2019. Doesn't mean he wasn't affected, might have frequently shown up at the park feeling unable to play for example.
   8. John DiFool2 Posted: November 10, 2020 at 06:59 PM (#5988178)
I thought the headline said "Matt Williams"...
   9. Dr. Chaleeko Posted: November 10, 2020 at 08:54 PM (#5988199)
I thought the headline said “Mark Williamson”...
   10. Tin Angel Posted: November 10, 2020 at 09:25 PM (#5988203)
Did the injury occur in a game or during practice? Was there padding on the wall?


It happened during a game and there was padding on the wall, but he tripped over the mound and basically fell head first into the wall. Video here. Regarding "one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball,” if I recall he had been really hot the week before it happened. So if they re-phrase it as "a fifth outfielder who had a few good days" it would be (somewhat) more accurate.
   11. The Honorable Ardo Posted: November 10, 2020 at 09:50 PM (#5988211)
I saw one of Williamson's 17 career homers. May 24, 2017. Game time temperature was 52F with a 17 mile-per-hour wind. It was a lot colder by game's end. I was wearing my heavy winter jacket and felt good. 90% of the other fans at Wrigley left early because they didn't come dressed for the weather.
   12. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: November 10, 2020 at 10:27 PM (#5988222)
am I misremembering or inserting mythology in how the Park was designed, with so much fight between people that wanted to see a skyline backdrop, and wind expert types that said face it towards the bay or you will get the wind tunnel you're desperate to avoid and and there was a 'oh yeah, what about the bullpens' moment? Kind of like the 'oh yeah, what about the Network TV booth' when TWA/EdJones dome in St. Louis was being built?
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: November 10, 2020 at 10:36 PM (#5988224)
am I misremembering or inserting mythology in how the Park was designed,


It may very well be mythology, but you're not misremembering. The "I forgot my bullpens" excuse is often cited as the reason for their location on the field of play.
   14. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: November 11, 2020 at 01:23 PM (#5988297)
It says Williamson was “one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball” when he got hurt.
I suppose it could mean "one of the best 500..."
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 11, 2020 at 01:29 PM (#5988299)
It may very well be mythology, but you're not misremembering.
Also, your local library is sinking.
   16. Itchy Row Posted: November 11, 2020 at 02:00 PM (#5988300)
I think Mac Williamson was either one of the best power hitters in RBI Baseball or the best power hitter for the bad guys in one of the Major League movies.
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 11, 2020 at 02:59 PM (#5988311)
I have apparently exceeded my articles limit on the posted website, but it appears that the headline may be a bit misleading or incomplete. If Williamson were suing the Giants, one would think it’d be a Workers Compensation case, rather than a negligence suit, although I don’t claim any knowledge of how California may differ from the customary way such matters are handled elsewhere. However, this article indicates that Williamson isn’t suing the team but China Basin Ballpark Company, who owns & operates Oracle Park. Might be the same people in both ownership groups, but apparently two distinct legal entities, perhaps set up to allow the ballpark to charge the team a high rent and shield some revenue from MLB’s revenue sharing system?
   18. Walt Davis Posted: November 11, 2020 at 09:34 PM (#5988404)
#17 ... it's right there in the excerpt. But yes, player sues corporate entity is a less enticing headline.

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