There’s a law school textbook containing only baseball cases

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Law school text books are basically just casebooks. Books filled with influential appellate court legal opinions about any given area of the law. Contracts, torts, criminal procedure and the like.

The cases themselves aren’t necessarily thematically similar, however. In contracts you might have a case about hairy palms in one part of the book, one about Hedy Lamar’s nose in another and one about what is or is not a chicken in yet another. The facts of the cases are all over the place. The idea is to teach basic concepts within each area of the law.

But there are some thematically coherent books for more specialized law classes. And one that may be of interest to some of you just came out. It’s a casebook in which all of the cases are baseball-related. Cases like Fleer Corp. v. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc., Selig v. United States, and State of Illinois v. Cicotte. There are A-Rod and George W. Bush and Hank Aaron-related cases too.

The idea is for law school courses aimed solely at baseball law. One wonders what the purpose of such courses may be — take labor law or media law or something if you want get into sports law — but law schools have never been short of ideas about how to make a buck.

Nor are the authors of this casebook, it seems. $120 a pop for this bad boy. Which reminds me how much I hated going to the law school bookstore back in the day. Still, if my bosses are reading this and they’d like to get me a gift. Well: hint hint.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.