Back in 2011, aman named Giovanni Ramirez, was arrested in connection with the beating of Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. His face and name was plastered all over the place, but there was just one problem: he didn’t do it. Wasn’t anywhere near the place. He was ultimately exonerated, but it took months, all the while city officials said publicly that he was the man who did it.
Then he sued the city. The suit, however, was not successful:
Los Angeles’ defense attorney says a federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a man who was arrested in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium and later cleared. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s office on Monday announced the dismissal of Giovanni Ramirez’s lawsuit against Los Angeles and Police Chief Charlie Beck.
It’s unclear what the basis was for the dismissal, but it’s worth noting that it’s awfully hard to sue the government in cases like these, so success was never assured.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.