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Former big league pitcher receives $2.3 million verdict after being attacked by man on LSD


Remember Greg Reynolds? The former Rockies and Reds pitcher was the second overall pick in the 2006 draft. Colorado chose him ahead of Evan Longoria, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Lincecum, and Max Scherzer, among others.

Despite the pedigree, his big league career didn’t turn out that well. He played only three major league seasons — 2008, 2011 and 2013. He pitched in only 33 big league games — 21 as a starter — compiling a 7.01 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 53/42 in 123.1 innings. In 2014 he spent a year in Japan and that turned out no better, as he posted a 5.46 ERA for the Seibu Lions.

Then something interesting happened that offseason: on January 16, 2015 he was attacked by a dude on LSD.

The dude — one Domenic Pintarelli — was at a party at the home of Reynolds’ next-door neighbor, one Connor Pope. Pope and Pintarelli dropped acid and Pintarelli wandered next door to Reynolds’ house, where he attacked the former big leaguer. Reynolds punched him in self-defense and broke his pitching hand. That knocked the then-unsigned Reynolds out for the 2015 season. He tried to come back and pitch again in 2016, having been signed by the San Diego Padres, but he didn’t make the club out of spring training and, after a brief minor league stint, was released. He has not played baseball since.

Reynolds sued both Pintarelli for the assault and Pope on the theory that his out-of-control party was what led to it.  The verdict came back earlier this week. Reynolds won:

At 5:00 p.m. on Monday, a San Mateo jury returned a verdict for former MLB pitcher Greg Reynolds of $2.3 million. . . . Reynolds testified that the hand injury cost him the ability to make the baseball move and control it. The jury found Pope responsible for hosting a party with illegal drugs. Pintarelli was found responsible for attacking Reynolds. The $2.3 million verdict included $300,000 for Megan Reynolds, Greg’s wife.

I wonder if the defense made some argument about how, based on how he did for the Rockies and Reds, the idea that Reynolds could move and control the baseball before the attack was not clearly established. If so, they did a poor job of it. Maybe they needed a better baseball analyst on the trial team. Oh well, their loss.

Now Reynolds is in for the biggest challenge of his life: trying to collect $2.3 million from a couple of dudes who drop acid at parties and randomly attack people. Guys like that tend not to have deep pockets in my experience, but good luck, Greg.

(h/t Brandon Isleib, whose book you should buy)

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.