Curt Schilling agrees to pay back $2.5 million to the State of Rhode Island

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Back in 2012 the State of Rhode Island sued Curt Schilling and his business parters in 38Studios in the wake of the collapse of the company. The suit centered on $75 million in loan guarantees from the state to Schilling’s video game company. Rhode Island claimed that Schilling and his partners committed fraud, alleging that they mischaracterized the business prospects and health of the company and claiming that they knew that they couldn’t pay back the loan. Schilling has vehemently and consistently denied the allegations and claimed that he was a scapegoat, blamed by politicians for political purposes.

I’m sure there was some degree of truth to each side of that, along with a heaping helping of B.S. to both sides of that. What’s clear is that after several years of civil litigation and criminal investigation, nothing has come of it for anyone. It was probably a good time to settle. And so they have:

Former Red Sox pitcherCurt Schilling and others have agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle their part of a lawsuit brought over Rhode Island’s disastrous $75 million deal with 38 Studios, his failed video game company.

Schilling and his co-defendants admit not wrongdoing or liability as part of the settlement. The statement issued by the State that it “makes no economic sense whatsoever” for the parties to proceed to trial rather than settle, suggests that, even if liability could be shown, there was no way that they were going to get much more than this out of the defendants, making this a settlement of efficiency more than anything else. There are still various actions in play against banks and financial advisors and stuff, all of whom have deeper pockets than Schilling and his partners.

Now Schilling can turn the page on this and get back to doing what he truly loves: sharing awful political memes on social media while entertaining delusions about his future political career.

(thanks to Bert Beaton for the heads up)

Zack Britton’s season over, TJ surgery comeback out of time

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NEW YORK — Zack Britton‘s season is over, his comeback from Tommy John surgery cut short after just three relief appearances for the New York Yankees.

New York put the 34-year-old left-hander on the 60-day injured list and selected the contract of right-hander Jacob Barnes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Britton was removed after throwing a tiebreaking wild pitch in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Baltimore, an outing that lasted just nine pitches. The two-time All-Star had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 8, 2021, and made eight minor league injury rehabilitation appearances starting Aug. 24 and three big league appearances beginning Sept. 24. He threw 36 pitches to nine batters with a 13.50 ERA, six walks and one strikeout.

“Kind of running out of time here and having a little bit of fatigue last night, it’s like one of those things, you don’t want to power through that and reach for more and then do some damage as you’re coming back,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Saturday. “He’s in a good spot heading into the offseason.”

Britton had hoped to be able to help the Yankees in the postseason. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

“It’s just that final sharpness,” Boone said. “At this point in the season, just kind of up against it there. But he worked his tail off to put himself in this position and give himself an opportunity and certainly admire that.”

Barnes, 32, started the season with Detroit and was released on June 18 after going 3-1 with a 6.10 ERA in 22 relief appearances. He struck out 10 and walked nine in 20 2/3 innings.

Barnes signed a minor league contract with Seattle, made four relief appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, then was brought up by the Mariners and designated for assignment two days later without playing in a game. He refused an outright assignment, signed back with the Tigers and made five appearances at Triple-A Toledo. Released by the Mud Hens, he signed with Scranton on Aug. 30 and had a 2.25 ERA in 10 games for the RailRiders.

Boone said reliever Clay Holmes will not go on the IL after receiving a cortisone injection on Thursday for inflammation in his right rotator cuff. If the Yankees had put Holmes on the IL, he would not be available for the Division Series.

After playing his first game since Sept. 4 and going 0 for 3 on Froday, DJ LeMahieu said his injured right second toe felt fine and he anticipated playing Sunday. He is in a 2-for-41 slide.

“It felt good to play again,” LeMahieu said. “I felt like a baseball player.”

Matt Carpenter, sidelined since breaking his left toot on Aug. 8, ran on the field and will be among players reporting to training camp for Double-A Somerset, where there will be eight or nine pitchers. Boone anticipates Carpenter being available for the postseason as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter.

Right-hander Frankie Montas, sidelined since Sept. 16 by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, has resumed throwing.

“I don’t know about the Division Series,” Boone said, “more likely beyond.”