Loose Ends

You kFeatured imagenow those stories that you read earlier in the season about something that happened? Whatever came of that? Here’s the round up of what transpired after the big announcements:

Legal updates: How ’bout those Mets? In March, they settled the suit former executive Leigh Castergine brought against them last fall for discriminating against her for being pregnant and unmarried. The terms are confidential, as usual, but you can bet the lady received a tidy little sum.

Also, opening week, the Nationals were sued by three employees for religious discrimination after they were fired for not being able to work on their Sabbath. Within the month, the gentlemen were re-employed by the Nats (possibly to limit damages) and in July the parties settled with a private agreement as well. Again, the terms are not disclosed, so if any of you go to the park and see some old guy ushers sporting big bling, let us know what they bought with their settlement money.

Most depressingly, in September, Robbie Tolan — son of former MLB player Bobby Tolan — settled his civil rights suit against the local police where his parents live near Houston. The younger Tolan had been visiting his parents on New Year’s Eve 2008 when he was shot by a police officer. A typo in a stolen vehicle report led the officer to question the young man outside his parents house. The incident escalated, and the officer fired his weapon at Tolan, who was unarmed. The family filed suit and there has been some back-and-forth in the case.  After a judge who tried to dismiss the case was overruled and forced to hold a trial, the family settled for $110,000. Tolan had promising potential to follow in his father’s footsteps but is now unable to play baseball due to the effects of his injuries. The officer was absolved in the shooting, as usual.

Sport expansion: There was some fanfare earlier this year when women’s baseball debuted at the Pan-Am Games. The international competition was a big step for women in baseball.  In case you missed the outcome, Team USA won the gold medal over Canada. Ironically, the women’s softball and men’s baseball teams both lost to the Canadians and settled for silver.

Tragic news: More gun violence touched baseball this season. In June, Darryl Hamilton was killed by his ex-girlfriend, who then shot herself.  Hamilton had custody of his sons from a previous relationship and was actually returning his third son, a 14-month old, to the boy’s mother after a visit when she shot him.  The child was unharmed. After protective services temporarily took the youngster, he ended up with the ex-husband of Hamilton’s killer, who has custody of the children from their relationship, for a brief time. No information is available on permanent custody for the little boy.

At the other end of the age spectrum, just this month Mike Nolan (23), an A’s prospect, died from injuries he sustained in September from a drive-by shooting. Nolan was an 18th round draft pick. He never got the chance to pitch in a major league game.

Some follow-up stats are in order:  Earlier this year, the Angels sent Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers in a huff. Hamilton ended the season hitting .253/.291/.441 in 50 games with a dWAR of -.2. The Rangers made it to a post-season playoff spot. The Angels did not. It’s the ultimate karma that Hamilton was not great and the Rangers made the playoffs anyway, right?

Also, in June, minor league pitcher Sean Conroy announced publicly that he is gay. That makes him the first openly gay professional baseball player in the US.  He ended his season with a record of 5-3, an ERA of 2.70 and a WHIP of .950, despite his Murphy-unapproved “lifestyle.”

Health update: In June, fan Tonya Carpenter was seriously injured by a shattered bat at Fenway Park. Her injuries were gruesome, and the incident inspired demands to extend the netting at parks. Since being discharged from the hospital, Carpenter has had a stay at a rehab facility and continues treatment for ongoing issues related to her injury. Shortly following the accident, Carpenter’s ex-husband sued her for custody of their son. Her ex claimed that Carpenter was unable to care for the boy because of her injuries. He also requested child support from her while he cared for the boy! The judge said nah.

Finally, some good bad news: In July, “comedian” Rob Schneider’s home was burglarized. The thief(s) got away with some jewelry and Schneider’s mint condition Willie Mays rookie card worth $175,000. It is a schadenfreude-filled pleasure to report that the Mays card liberator(s) has not been caught and Schneider is still without his prize possession. Maybe he feels half as bad as anyone who spent $8 to go see Duece Bigalow at the theaters.

9 thoughts on “Loose Ends

    1. Agreed. I was very curious what happened with the Mets lawsuit. I hate that Wilpon got out of it via settlement, honestly.


  1. Nicely done, philiac. A few extra notes on the Tolan case.

    As you can imagine, I was pretty up close with the details of this. I am, as a matter of fact, a graduate of Bellaire High School. While the picture given by many is of a small town in Harris County, it is actually more of an enclave; Houston completely surrounds it and extends for miles beyond it. When I was growing up in the ’60’s it was more or less a blue collar bedroom community. Because of a proximity to downtown Houston it is now in the process of gentrification, and is now a mix of very wealthy inside the loop and older blue collar outside the loop. It is about 70% white, but -like most of west Houston – has sizable latino and asian communities in and around it.

    The Tolan case caused a lot of outrage in the larger community, but unfortunately the pattern it followed should be familiar to us all now. The DA indicted, but the jury gave the benefit of the doubt to a police officer – even one who was judged by his own department not to have followed protocol. Perhaps we should be encouraged that an indictment was obtained, but the normal court process in this country just does not yield convictions in cases like this. The civil trial ran up against qualified immunity – because the officer was judged (surprisingly to me) to be within the bounds of reasonable behavior and the city of Bellaire was not held liable. So there was little choice but to settle.

    In the end it devolves down to a panicky response by a less-than-competent police officer, with insufficient background information to prove the profiling allegation. A classic case of a result that leaves no one happy, but seems to be a product of our justice system as it currently functions.


    1. I don’t know how good the kid was, but $110K and he can never play professionally now….damn.

      Did you notice the news from Houston had a lot of violence this year? 😦


    1. I spent a good hour yesterday at least wrestling with the format. Originally, I had numbered bullet points, but WordPress wouldn’t post it correctly. Anyway, I ended up redoing it this way and it was late going up. :/

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