Mitch Williams sues MLB Network and Deadspin for wrongful termination and defamation

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Back in May, Mitch Williams was in the spotlight for his boorish behavior while coaching little league games. He was alleged to have cussed out an umpire, called kids on opposing teams derogatory names and, in one instance, ordered one of his players to bean a player on an opposing team. As a result of the controversy, Williams took a leave of absence from his MLB Network job.

Apparently, he has now been fired and he is now suing MLB Network for wrongful termination and Deadspin for defamation:

The suit alleges that the MLB Network wanted Williams to sign a contract saying he would no longer attend the sporting events of his five children. When he refused, Williams said he was fired, losing out in the $2 million balance of his contract, along with positions at mlb.com, the Sports Network and Fox Sports. Williams is seeking damages separately from each party.

On the defamation, well, given that Williams publicly apologized for his behavior, good luck with that.

As for the wrongful termination: I guess it all depends on the terms of his contract with MLB Network. I’m no employment law expert, but I have a contract with a major media company too, and I can tell you that there are a lot of things in there that would allow a major media company to fire an on-air personality should be a monstrous jackwagon and bring bad press upon said major media company. So good luck with that too.

The real scandal here, though: someone at MLB Network not only thought that Mitch Williams was worth paying for his awful baseball analysis, but that he was worth paying $2 million for it.

Guys: I’ll give you better than he got for 10% of that. And I won’t verbally and physically assault children. You have my number. Think about it.

Report: Mike Clevinger agrees to 1-year deal with White Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.

The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after he had Tommy John surgery.

Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games back of surprising AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa stepped down in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on Nov. 1.

The White Sox got a big lift from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 appearances. Clevinger slots into a rotation that likely will include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.

The move puts the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back in the AL Central after he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before he was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.

Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014.

Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career big league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.