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 Posted: Thu Jan 9th, 2020 07:17 pm
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Where is that Greek lawyer who sues WWE every other month when you need him?  This lawsuit is pretty wild.  I don't even know how he submitted these documents with a straight face.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/failed-prospect-sues-yankees-claims-derek-jeter-is-why-he-never-made-it-to-mlb/?fbclid=IwAR1IMUWYm1xO-WuoHRAaHSmQ_1ceDSL1IjCnGelhfRiLHW3CgiM4y3IsA7I

A former New York Yankees prospect, who never went anywhere with the team, filed a lawsuit claiming Derek Jeter is one of the reasons he never made the team or went on to play in the MLB. Garrison Lassiter's minor league career ended in 2011, but in December of 2018 he made the claims against the team in the lawsuit. 

He wanted $34 million from the team, according to NJ.com, and believed the Yankees prevented him from excelling and making the major leagues, therefore not allowing him to make the money from MLB contracts he felt he deserved.

According to the lawsuit, he was suing "for the interference and lost years."

The 30-year-old, who put himself through law school, represented himself in the case and compared himself to Los Angeles Dodgers star Corey Seager as one of his main pieces of evidence.

Exhibits A and B presented by Lassiter were "COREY SEAGER STATISTICAL HISTORY" and "GARRISON LASSITER STATISTICAL HISTORY" respectively. 


The numbers were not exactly the same for these two players. In the minors, Lassiter never made it past High-A ball and hit .244/.326/.302 at points of his five seasons. Seager hit .307/.368/.523, made it to Triple-A by the time he was 21 and got his first appearance with the Dodgers in that same season. 

 Lassiter's other major claim was that the team had conspired against him with aims to "protect the career of Derek Jeter" calling it "obvious" that Jeter had control over the entire organization.

The case was, unsurprisingly, dismissed in May. Chief District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder said, "Lacking any federal question raised in the complaint and having already determined that diversity jurisdiction does not exist, the court is unable to further adjudicate Lassiter's claims." 

Once the Yankees lawsuit was dismissed, he filed a lawsuit against the Cincinnati Reds on December 30. Lassiter says he now has to sleep in his car and has spent the $675,000 signing bonus from the Yankees in 2008. 

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srossi wrote: Where is that Greek lawyer who sues WWE every other month when you need him?  This lawsuit is pretty wild.  He's keying cars in Queens....



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This is total bullshit but I'll say this..I would think he maybe had a snowballs chance in hell IF he had been stuck in Triple A for years but the guy never made it out of Single A? LMAO



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Married Jo wrote: This is total bullshit but I'll say this..I would think he maybe had a snowballs chance in hell IF he had been stuck in Triple A for years but the guy never made it out of Single A? LMAOBut even if he did make Triple H, I mean A, he would have to prove that they were keeping him buried in the minors and not trading him for some other reason besides his numbers stink. This is literally the stupidest lawsuit I've ever heard of.



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He's a lifetime .244 hitter in A ball. He was dumped in 2012 (age 22) from the Yankees. What's he been doing for past 8 years?



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Benlen wrote: He's a lifetime .244 hitter in A ball. He was dumped in 2012 (age 22) from the Yankees. What's he been doing for past 8 years?
I’m guessing drugs. 



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You really can't hide a player in the minors, thanks to the Rule V draft. 5 years in the minors, and you have to protect a player by placing them on the 40 player roster or the player can be taken from you by another team. There is a bit more to this, but the idea is to prevent what Wong mentioned; if a player shows promise there are other paths to get to MLB.

This is just about the most egregious example of a nuisance lawsuit and I wouldn't mind it a bit if the laws were changed for situations like this and make the plaintiff pay the defendant's attorney fees.

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