Woman sues Marlins after shark mascot attack

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From the “Yes, this is real” file comes this from Rebecca Piccadaro of the Miami Herald. The Marlins are being sued by Beth Fedornak, who claims that she suffered neck and back injuries as a result of a “bite” from a shark mascot two years ago.

Here are the details of the lawsuit:

Fedornak, from Bradenton, went to the ballpark to see the San Diego Padres play the Marlins on June 29, 2013. According to the lawsuit, Bob the Shark approached her and pretended to bite her head to excite the crowd of spectators.

She immediately felt pain in her neck “after the impact of the shark head down on top of her skull,” according to the court documents filed on June 12, 2015 by her attorneys from the firm Carl Reynolds Law.

The results of the encounter with the mascot have allegedly caused Fedornak either permanent or continuing injuries in her neck and back, cost her more than $86,000 in medical expenses, and impaired her ability to work, according to court documents.

According to Local 10 news, staff members at Marlins Park were notified after the initial incident. Fedornak is said to be seeking $15,000 in damages.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.