Tri-City ValleyCats File Lawsuit Against Astros, MLB – MLB Trade Rumors

The Tri-City ValleyCats are suing the Houston Astros and Big league Baseball occurring out of this offseasons contraction of minor-league baseball, reports Daniel Kaplan of the Athletic. They end up being the second affiliate known to pursue legal action versus their previous parent club and the league; the Staten Island Yankees did the exact same in December.
The ValleyCats are seeking a minimum of $15MM in damages, Kaplan reports. The core of the groups claims is that they trust the now-expired association contract between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball in selling tickets and advertisement sponsorships, which lost value when the club lost its association with Major League Baseball. The ValleyCats stay functional as a member of the MLB-partnered Frontier League but will no longer function as a standard minor-league affiliate.
Tri-Citys complaint (more of which is readily available in Kaplans full piece) harshly slams MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. “MLBs intimidation strategies, which it used to pit MiLB teams versus each other for the advantage of not having their organizations damaged, has actually gone on for several years but was most vividly demonstrated by a May 2020 e-mail in which Commissioner Rob Manfred emailed the ValleyCats owner condolences on the death of his daddy, and after that in the extremely exact same email, provided a veiled risk that any public declaration made about MLBs contraction efforts would be reckless,” the ValleyCats alleged.
Tri-Citys previous owner, Bill Gladstone, passed away due to issues from COVID-19 last spring, Kaplan notes, with Gladstones child Doug on the getting end of the supposed correspondence from Manfred.
It would not be unexpected to see more groups that lost their affiliation follow the (Staten Island) Yankees and ValleyCats lead in bringing fit against their former moms and dad clubs and MLB. The minor-league restructuring resulted in 40 groups losing their association with Major League Baseball.

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