The baseball world will probably never get over the fact that the Houston Astros cheated their way to a World Series victory. Shockingly enough, the manager and the GM of the team got fired, while no players have been hit with any penalties. The baseball world also isn’t happy about that… The players you might ask? Oh, they aren’t happy either.
Mike Bolsinger, a former big-league pitcher who spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks, filed a lawsuit Monday against the Houston Astros for “unfair business practices” and is asking that the Astros forfeit the nearly $31 million they earned by winning the World Series during the season they cheated.
Bolsinger himself also feels specifically wronged by the Astros, since he was sent to the minors in 2017 after getting pounded by Astros hitters at the height of their sign-stealing scheme. He never made it back to the big leagues after that.
Nancy Armour of USA Today has the details on the lawsuit and talked to Bolsinger about it:
— Bolsinger filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, accusing the Astros of unfair business practices, negligence and intentional interference with contractual and economic relations.
Yes, Bolsinger is seeking unspecified damages, but they’re not all for himself. He wants the Astros to forfeit the roughly $31 million in bonuses from their ill-gotten World Series title, and for the money to go to charities in Los Angeles focused on bettering kids’ lives, as well as to create a fund for retired baseball players who need financial assistance.
“There’s a message to be sent to youth out there. Especially athletes, more specifically baseball players,” Bolsinger told USA TODAY Sports. “It was awesome to (grow up and) watch game played the right way. We’ve kind of drifted from that. It’s something we can really express to these kids: You don’t have to cheat to get to where you want to go. This kind of stuff doesn’t need to happen.” —
Adams’ research showed that the Astros banged on the trash can 54 times during an Aug. 4 game against the Blue Jays in which Bolsinger pitched. That was the most bangs of the season for the Astros. It was also a particularly bad outing for Bolsinger, who gave up four runs on four hits and only got one out against the Astros that day.
He told USA Today:
“I don’t know if I’ve had a worse outing in my professional career,” Bolsinger said. “I remember saying, ‘It was like they knew what I was throwing. They’re laying off pitches they weren’t laying off before. It’s like they knew what was coming.’ That was the thought in my head. I felt like I didn’t have a chance.”