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.

Justin Verlander named 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner

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Astros starter Justin Verlander was voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner. Teammate Gerrit Cole finished in a close second place at 159 points. Charlie Morton finished third at 75 points, Shane Bieber fourth at 64, Lance Lynn fifth at 18, Eduardo Rodríguez and Lucas Giolito sixth at eight, and Mike Minor eighth at seven.

Verlander, 36, won the AL Cy Young Award (and AL MVP Award) in 2011 with the Tigers). He and Cole became the first pair of teammates to finish first and second on the ballot for the AL Cy Young Award. Four NL teammates accomplished the feat: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001 and ’02, Don Newcomb and Sal Maglie in 1956, and Mike Marshall and Andy Messersmith in 1974.

During the regular season, Verlander led all starting pitchers in wins (21), games started (34), innings pitched (223), and WHIP (0.803). He also compiled a 2.58 ERA with a 300/42 K/BB ratio. Along with a 300-strikeout season, Verlander achieved other milestones, including reaching 3,000 strikeouts for his career and 200 career postseason strikeouts (an all-time record).

2019 was not without controversy for Verlander, a future Hall of Famer, as he had a well-publicized disagreement with Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. He tried to have Fenech barred from the clubhouse during media availability despite the collective bargaining agreement ensuring access to BBWAA-credentialed reporters. It was one of many Astros-related scandals in 2019.

Verlander is the first Astro to win the Cy Young Award since Dallas Keuchel in 2015. Roger Clemens (2004) and Mike Scott (1986) also won the award back when the Astros were in the National League.