Saturday, December 10, 2022

Yankees tell entire Second Circuit to keep Manfred’s letter sealed

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — The New York Yankees have issued a three-judge panel decision to all 13 judges of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to remove a letter from Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to General Manager Brian Cashman detailing the sign theft investigation. asked to reverse. ,

Circuit Judge Joseph F. Bianco ordered the letter to be unsealed on March 21 after hearing the case with Chief Justice Debra Ann Livingston and Circuit Judge Gerard E. Lynch. He told US District Judge Z.S. Rakoff’s April 2020 ruling, which dismissed a lawsuit from Fantasy Sports competitors who claimed they were damaged by sign theft in Major League Baseball.

The five men prosecuted took part in fantasy competitions organized by DraftKings from 2017-19.

“The Yankees primarily argue that they will suffer a ‘significant and irreparable reputational loss,’ not because of the actual substance of the Yankees letter, but because of misrepresenting its contents and falsely causing a confusing scenario.” would be distorted to suggest that the Yankees had somehow violated the sign of MLB. Stealing Rules, when in fact the Yankees did not,” wrote Blanco. “However, that argument carries little weight. Disclosure of the document would allow the public to independently assess MLB’s findings in relation to the internal investigation (as disclosed to the Yankees), and to help the Yankees broadcast their own views about the actual contents of the Yankees letter. are fully capable.

In a petition on Friday, the team asked the bank to hear again.

“The opinion prohibits a serious abuse of federal courts and opens a floodgate for future litigants who never intended to,” said a filing from team president Randy Levine. “If the opinion prevails, a losing party may attach any confidential document it desires to an unqualified reconsideration motion and hold it potentially hostage to the affected party, without ever giving a viable cause of action.”

Manfred ruled in January 2020 that the Astros violated rules against electronic sign-theft during home games for their World Series title in 2017 and again in 2018. They suspended manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhno for one season each, and both were fired by the team. Manfred fined the Astros $5 million, the maximum under MLB rules, and stripped the team of its next two first- and second-round amateur draft picks.

Manfred fined the Red Sox for using Apple Watches to pass signals in 2017 and fined the Yankees a small amount for improper use of dugout telephones in the prior year. They concluded in April 2020 that sign-stealing attempts by the Red Sox on their way to the 2018 title were less forceful than the 2017 Astros. Alex Cora, who lost his job as Boston manager, was suspended for the 2020 season for his role as Houston’s bench coach.


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