The Mets have settled the lawsuit brought by former vice president Leigh Castergine


Last year Leigh Castergine, the Mets’ former executive vice president for marketing and ticket sales, sued the team and Jeff Wilpon alleging that Wilpon criticized her in front of team employees for having a baby out of wedlock. She additionally claimed that Wilpon told her that, “when she gets a ring, she will make more money and get a bigger bonus.” After she had the baby he allegedly criticized her for remaining unmarried and for not being as “aggressive” as she once was. When she complained to HR, she was fired, she claimed.

The allegations painted an ugly picture. And at the time I noted that they a) were legally serious; and (b) had at least some indicia of legitimacy based on how they were pleaded. Now we’ll never know what happened, however, as Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the case has settled. The terms are undisclosed. The following joint statement was released:

“The parties have decided to resolve this matter, which has brought more attention to the workplace environment for women in sports and will result in the organization being more attentive to the important issues raised by women in sports,” the parties said in a joint statement. “Additionally, we are both committed to the further development and encouragement of female executives in our industry. Both sides‎ have agreed to have no further comments.”

At the risk of reading too much into things, I’d say there’s a bit of a spanking of the Mets in the statement, with language which seems pretty clearly aimed at giving the public impression that Castergine’s claims were not baseless. It also suggests that the language was insisted upon by Castergine from a position of relative strength. I say this because, usually, a settling defendant does not want any sort of verbiage suggesting even a hint of merit to the underlying claims in a public statement like that. Yet here they are.

But like I said, perhaps I read too much into such things.

In any event, I expect Major League Baseball to do nothing now. If they were even going to bother to before. Which is doubtful. Frank McCourt had the Wilpons’ financial difficulties and got hammered while they skated. Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner engaged in misbehavior which created hostile work environments for their employees and were disciplined, but don’t expect the same thing to happen to the Mets owners. They have a special relationship with Major League Baseball, it seems.

But they shouldn’t. This is what I wrote last fall about what MLB should do in response to the Castergine lawsuit. Even though the case has now settled the league can still act. But it won’t. Really, don’t hold your breath.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.