Minor leaguers suing baseball over unfair labor practices get a small victory

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You’ll recall the lawsuit filed by minor leaguers against Major League Baseball alleging the violation of fair labor practices. Well, today there was a preliminary ruling in the case that, while small, does help the minor leaguers’ cause:

In separate motions also addressed Friday, defendants’ attorneys asked the judge to transfer the case to the Middle District of Florida because that’s where “the largest concentration of parties and witnesses can be found.” [Judge] Spero said it is unlikely he will transfer the case, because it is a “nationwide case” with many parties inside and outside of California.

This was kind of a big deal because Florida is assumed by most observers to be more employer-friendly than California is, and state law claims which go along with the federal law claims would be much harder to bring under Florida law than California law.

At the same time, the judge noted that, if the plaintiffs want to keep the case in California, they need to add some California-based plaintiffs, and have given lawyers leave to do that.

Meanwhile, Minor League Baseball’s efforts to lobby Congress to change the law to moot the entire lawsuit by exempting baseball players from the Fair Labor Standards Act is presumably still continuing apace, mostly at upscale steakhouses in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.