Many Major League baseball players have repeatedly expressed outrage at how the Astros sparked one of the greatest scams in baseball history, but a former pitcher goes one step further.
Former Blue Jay Mike Bolsinger filed a civil suit before the Los Angeles Supreme Court on Monday, accusing Astro of unfair commercial practices, negligence, and deliberate interference in contractual and economic relationships, USA Today said.
Bolsinger complains that Houston will lose the approximately $ 31 million in bonuses earned from the corrupt World Series title in 2017 when it was confirmed that the Astros were using cameras to steal signs, and that they would be donated to charities Los Angeles donations are said to improve children's lives. He also suggests that the money could be used to create a fund for retired baseball players who need financial support.
"There is a message to send to the youth out there, especially athletes, especially baseball players," Bolsinger told the newspaper. "It was great to see the game properly. We kind of deviated from it. We can do it Really tell kids: you don't have to cheat to get where you want to go.
"Things like that don't have to happen."
Bolsinger, who was drafted into the 15th round of the 2010 MLB Draft in Arkansas and spent four seasons in the minors prior to his 2014 Major League debut, made a special appearance against the Astros responsible for the derailment of his career.
In his first time out as a reliever in 2017, Bolsinger gave up four runs, four hits and three walks in a third of an innings against Houston on August 4. Bolsinger, who was immediately sent back to the minors after this game, has not played a major league game since.
"I don't know if my career has turned out worse," said Bolsinger. “I remember saying, 'It was like they knew what I was throwing. They put down parking spaces that they did not have before. It's like they knew what was coming. "That was the thought in my head.
"I felt I didn't have a chance."
In the lawsuit, Bolsinger cited results from the Astros fan, who documented every trash can incident during the 2017 season. He found that most of the bangs in this game took place on August 4, 2017, with most of the bangs coming when Bolsinger was on the hill. The lawsuit says there was pony on 12 of its 29 pitches, the inning.
Bolsinger spent the rest of this season in Triple-A with a 1-0 record, a parade and a 1.93 ERA. He was not involved in the September operations in Toronto and did not get a new contract from the Blue Jays or any other team.
"I was an older man. They had to call younger people, ”said the then 29-year-old Bolsinger. "Let's say that [Astros game] doesn't happen … I probably won't be sent down. But at that point they probably lost confidence in me and were over it. "
To keep his baseball career alive, Bolsinger played for Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan, where he and his pregnant wife had no family. He remembered being afraid of not being able to help his wife, who was often alone, if she needed medical attention for her pregnancy. The translator Bolsinger used in the team also lived about an hour away.
"It's a different world. Obviously a different country," he said, "If I didn't have a family or someone nearby, it would just be me and her and our first child, that was one of the most frightening times in my life."
The Astros won the 2017 World Series and benefited from their systemic fraud scheme. The only player from Houston to face any effects was Carlos Beltran, who was fired from his new job as manager of the Mets before appearing in the single game.
Although in 2020 and 2021, the organization no longer considered its first and second round designs and manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired – as was Boston's dismissal of Houston's then-bank coach Alex Cora – Bolsinger doesn't believe the league's punishment fits the crime.
"And let's face it, all of these people will be running jobs again," said Bolsinger. "… people like us who were cheated on? I am unemployed. I do not play."