Last year a woman sued the New York Yankees for trademark infringement, claiming that her uncle created the Yankees top hat logo in 1947 and revised it in 1952 but never got paid for his work. That case was tossed by the trial court. Today it was tossed again on appeal.
The upshot: the plaintiff’s allegations didn’t establish the existence of a federal copyright claim because, at best, the the logo was a work for hire and if her uncle wasn’t paid for that back in the 40s or 50s he’s out of luck now and she certainly has no standing to advance and assigned claim in federal court.
Sorry, ma’am. You have my sympathies. They’re well behind my sympathies for the comic book creators of that era who got boned out of millions by the big comic book companies, but I’ll try to find a place in my heart for you someplace.
Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.
Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.
Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.