The Yankees have had 16 discrimination claims filed against them in the past four years

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James Fanelli of DNAinfo reports on a regulatory disclosure filing from the New York Yankees which reveals that they’ve had 16 worker discrimination/harassment cases filed against them in the past four years. One of them involved claim that the Yankees Chief Financial Officer told a female worker she was “childish” for complaining about being called a “whore face” and a “bitch” by male coworkers.

That suit, as well as others involving racial discrimination, have been settled, but their existence is still set forth in a disclosure required as part of the Yankees’ application with New York’s Economic Development Corporation to refinance $1 billion in tax-free bonds that paid for its new stadium.

According to the complaint in that suit, which is reproduced in Fanelli’s article, the employee was an executive assistant named Holly Kelley, who said that coworkers used abusive, harassing language toward her. When she lodged a complaint with her boss, the Yankees’ CFO Anthony Bruno, she alleges that Bruno blamed her for her treatment and did not take her complaint seriously. She likewise claims she was punished as a result of her complaint and was repeatedly denied the opportunity to take the matter up the ladder to Hal Steinbrenner, who Bruno said “didn’t care” about the incident or Kelley’s concerns. Eventually Kelley was fired. The suit was later settled and confidentiality agreements were put in place.

You’ll recall that the Mets recently had their own harassment suit, filed against Jeff Wilpon, which was settled last year, which suggests that the Yankees are not unique in this regard. Indeed, it would not be at all surprising to find stories like these in multiple front offices. Baseball teams are famous operations with international name recognition forming part of a $10 billion industry. Practically speaking, however, most clubs are small operations, many still family-run, with a lot of employees who have not worked outside of sports for much if any of their professional lives. They can be insular places. There is a vibe about a lot of them that is more like a local small business than a large sophisticated corporation.

Here’s hoping that the acts which led to all of these lawsuits have ceased to exist in the Yankees organization and that they learned from their mistakes.

AP source: Nimmo staying with Mets on $162M, 8-year deal

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NEW YORK – Center fielder Brandon Nimmo is staying with the free-spending New York Mets, agreeing to a $162 million, eight-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement is subject to a successful physical and no announcement had been made.

A quality leadoff hitter with an excellent eye and a .385 career on-base percentage, Nimmo became a free agent last month for the first time. He was a key performer as the Mets returned to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2016.

The left-handed hitter batted .274 with 16 homers and a team-high 102 runs, a career high. He also set career bests with 64 RBIs and 151 games played. His seven triples tied for most in the National League.

Bringing back Nimmo means New York is poised to return its entire everyday lineup intact from a team that tied for fifth in the majors in runs and won 101 regular-season games – second-most in franchise history.

But the Mets remain busy replenishing a pitching staff gutted by free agency, including Jacob deGrom‘s departure for Texas and Taijuan Walker‘s deal with Philadelphia that was pending a physical.

On the final day of baseball’s winter meetings Wednesday, the Mets completed an $86.7 million, two-year contract with former Houston ace Justin Verlander that includes a conditional $35 million player option for 2025. New York also retained All-Star closer Edwin Diaz last month with a $102 million, five-year contract, and the team has a $26 million, two-year agreement in place with veteran starter Jose Quintana, pending a physical.

Those moves add to a payroll that was the largest in the majors last season. Under owner Steve Cohen, who bought the Mets in November 2020, New York became baseball’s biggest spender this year for the first time since 1989. The Mets’ payroll was $273.9 million as of Aug. 31, with final figures that include bonuses yet to be compiled.

Nimmo was selected by New York with the No. 13 pick in the 2011 amateur draft. He declined a $19.65 million qualifying offer from the Mets last month.

The 29-year-old Wyoming native made his big league debut in 2016. He is a .269 career hitter with 63 homers, 213 RBIs and 23 triples in 608 games. He has an .827 career OPS and has improved his play in center, becoming a solid defender.

Nimmo’s new deal with the Mets was first reported by the New York Post.