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Mets issue statement after Mr. Met is caught giving the finger to fans

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The Mets may be in second place, but the club entered Wednesday’s game against the Brewers four games under .500 and only a game ahead of the lowly Braves. The Mets fell flat, ending its three-game winning streak with a 7-1 loss to the Brewers. Jacob deGrom struggled, failing to get into the fifth inning after giving up seven runs.

The home crowd apparently wasn’t thrilled and some fans presumably sent some of their vitriol at Mr. Met, the team’s longtime mascot. As Mr. Met was walking through the tunnel back to the clubhouse after the game, fans continued to heckle him, so he turned around and briefly flipped them the middle finger. Here’s a video if you are so inclined to see that.

Word quickly spread through social media and the Mets were made aware of it. As a result, the organization issued this statement:

Those of you who had “mascot caught giving the finger” on your “weird things to happen in baseball this year” bingo sheet, please mark your space.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.