A former relief pitcher for the Blue Jays is suing the Houston Astros, saying the team’s illegal practice of stealing signs cost him his career.
In the suit, which was filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Mike Bolsinger says he was brought in to pitch during an August 4th, 2017 away game against the Astros. After Bolsinger gave up four runs, four hits and three walks, Toronto lost 16-7 — and Bolsinger was “immediately terminated and cut from the team, never to return to Major League Baseball again,” according to the suit.
Bolsinger is asking for unspecified damages. He’s also asking that the Astros give the $30 million the team made from World Series profits to a local charity.
Will it be easy to prove that the Astros’ stealing signs was directly responsible for Bolsinger’s termination? If he wins the suit, will several more follow?