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MLB Pitcher, Michael Bolsinger, Sues Houston Astros Over Sign Stealing Scandal

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By Mike Walters

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, Michael Bolsinger filed a lawsuit today accusing the Houston Astros of stealing signs against him while he pitched against the team, and the situation he says ultimately cost him his job.

In legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Bolsinger filed the suit in Los Angeles County Court claiming unfair business practices, negligence, and intentional interference with contractual and economic relations.

The Blue Jays pitcher says that the sign-stealing scam ultimately damaged his relationship with the team, including termination, and subsequently lost all opportunities to play at the major league level.

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According to the documents, filed by Ben Meiselas of Geragos & Geragos, Bolsinger says after he was lit up by the Astros on August 4, 2017, for four runs, four hits, and three walks and throwing 29 pitches, he was immediately cut from the team "never to return to major league baseball again."

As you know, the Houston Astros are accused of using a camera in the outfield to pick up signs from the opposing catcher and relaying it back to player who is hitting. In several cases, a loud banging sound can be heard referencing which pitch will be thrown.

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According to the suit, the banging is very obvious during the time Bolsinger was pitching...accounting for almost half of the time.

After being dropped by the Blue Jays, Bolsinger was forced to live and play in Japan where he pitched very well. But, based on his performance against the Astros he has still not secured a job pitching in the United States.

Interestingly, Bolsinger isn't just suing for damages to his career and salaries he would have enjoyed if this didn't happen. He is also asking that the money the Astros recieved after being a part of the World Series (approx. 31 Million) should be given to charity.

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In the filing, Bolsinger says the money should be given to "charitable causes focused on bettering the lives of children with an emphasis on charities in Los Angeles as well as a fund for elderly retired professional baseball players in need of financial assistance."

In the end, Bolsinger's lawsuit points out the Astros have gone from a team worth $300 Million to a massive franchise now worth over $2 Billion as a direct result of the sign-stealing scandal.

The pitcher is suing for unspecified damages.

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