I wouldn’t expect the lawsuits against the Astros and owner Jim Crane to go away any time soon. After an MLB investigation led to relatively light punishments, players and former team employees are making life hard on the Houston franchise. Most recently, former General Manager Jeff Luhnow sued the team claiming that the league had protected their players and made him the scapegoat.
And now, a former Dodgers and Blue Jays pitcher is using Luhnow’s case to bolster his own lawsuit. Mike Bolsinger had already issued a lawsuit against Astros’ owner Jim Crane back in February of this year in the wake of the cheating scandal coming to light. Bolsinger alleged that the Astros crushing him in the 2017 playoffs made it impossible for him to get a job in the MLB.
Now, Bolsinger’s lawyers are using the Luhnow lawsuit as a means to keep their case moving forward. They referenced Luhnow’s claims that Jim Crane did, in fact, know about the scandal, and hope to use that to get the court to proceed with the lawsuit. A hearing in the Bolsinger case is set for February 1st.
Bolsinger pitched for the Dodgers in 2015 and 2016, but it was 2017 when he faced the Astros with Toronto. In his 2 appearances against Houston that year, Bolsinger allowed 8 earned runs in 5.2 innings and gave up 3 homeruns. He has not played in the MLB since that final appearance against the Astros in August of 2017.
Bolsinger spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball.
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