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Saturday, January 16, 2021

ValleyCats sue Major League Baseball, Houston Astros for $15M

The Tri-City ValleyCats have sued Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros for their unilateral decision to end their affiliation with the minor league organization. The suit seeks in excess of $15 million, ValleyCats chairman Doug Gladstone said Friday morning.

The team took the action after MLB decided to sever ties with the minor league team and a number of other affiliates around the U.S….

The ValleyCats filed suit Thursday night in the state Supreme Court’s commercial division for breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference. Gladstone said the value of the franchise has been greatly reduced by losing affiliation.

The sharply worded 33-page complaint accuses Major League Baseball of using “bullying” tactics to pit minor league operations against one another for survival. It notes that the Houston team announced it was continuing its affiliations with “three teams owned by the Astros and one owned by a former U.S. Senator and current Governor, likely in efforts to quell the political discord that has occurred regarding MLB’s contraction efforts” — an apparent reference to the Asheville, N.C., Tourists, a team owned by the family of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 16, 2021 at 12:57 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: January 16, 2021 at 02:03 PM (#6000120)
Class action
   2. winnipegwhip Posted: January 16, 2021 at 05:01 PM (#6000146)
Awesome.

   3. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: January 16, 2021 at 10:42 PM (#6000163)
I mean, without knowing literally any of the details I'm totally on-board with suing MLB and the Astros, just on general principle.
   4. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: January 20, 2021 at 12:31 PM (#6000794)
I'm always encouraged when the first sentence accuses multiple entities of doing something unilaterally.

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