In what turned out to be Mike Bolsinger’s final major league appearance, the Blue Jays relief pitcher was lit up by members of the 2017 Astros. Now Bolsinger is suing the Astros, claiming that the team’s sign-stealing scheme “resulted in economic harm” to him.




“For a journeyman pitcher in the MLB like [Bolsinger],” stated his lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, “a disastrous inning, such as what took place in Houston on August 4th [2017], could and did prove to be the death knell to [Bolsinger’s] career in the MLB.”







Bolsinger, now 32, was a former starting pitcher for the Diamondbacks and Dodgers who was converted to a reliever by the Blue Jays in 2017. He entered that Aug. 4 game at Houston’s Minute Maid Park in the fourth inning, and got one out while giving up four earned runs, four hits, three walks and a home run, with no strikeouts, on 29 pitches to eight batters.















The Astros went on to defeat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, resulting in, among other benefits, millions in postseason bonuses for Houston players. However, after an Athletic article late last year in which former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers revealed the team’s sign-stealing scheme, which MLB deemed illegal because it involved the use of technology, Commissioner Rob Manfred launched an investigation that resulted in major penalties for the franchise and an uproar that continues to roil the sport.







The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution last month calling on Manfred to strip World Series titles from the 2017 Astros and the 2018 Red Sox, who also defeated the Dodgers for that year’s championship and are under investigation by MLB for similar allegations of cheating. Bolsinger’s lawsuit claimed that though he is a resident of Texas it was proper to file it in Los Angeles County both because the Astros have “member-investors involved in the fraudulent scheme” who reside there and because the “impact and damages” caused by the scheme was greater there than anywhere else.










Accusing the Astros in his complaint of violations such as unfair business practices and intentional interference with prospective economic relations, Bolsinger is seeking damages for what he claims has been his suffering. In addition, he wants the approximately $31 million in playoff bonuses handed to the 2017 Astros to be redirected to youth-focused charities, in particular those operating in the Los Angeles area, and to also go toward a fund benefiting aging former professional baseball players in need of financial assistance.




“There’s a message to be sent to youth out there. Especially athletes, more specifically baseball players,” Bolsinger told USA Today. “It was awesome to [grow up and] watch game played the right way. We’ve kind of drifted from that.




“It’s something we can really express to these kids: You don’t have to cheat to get to where you want to go.”





I hope he has a good lawyer!