Alex Rodriguez’s lawsuit claiming Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig went on a “witch hunt” to force him from the sport has been moved from state to federal court.
Major League Baseball filed a notice of removal Monday, saying claims by the New York Yankees third baseman are governed by federal law.
The lawsuit, originally filed Thursday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, was assigned to U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who joined the bench in December, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox.
Rodriguez’s legal team could file a motion asking that the case be returned to state court. One of his lawyers, Joseph Tacopina, said in a statement that the league “knows that these state law claims properly belong where they were filed, in the New York state court.”
The legal action comes during a grievance by the Major League Baseball Players Association to overturn a 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by MLB on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
RAYS’ MYERS CRAMPS UP
Tampa Bay rookie right fielder Wil Myers left Game 3 of the American League Division series against the Boston Red Sox because of cramping in both legs.
Myers took an awkward swing on a foul ball in the seventh inning and grabbed the area around the left calf in Monday night’s game.
Myers limped back to the dugout after striking out for the third out. He went to right field after the inning, then headed back to the infield and was replaced by Matt Joyce.
BLUE JAYS COACHES EXIT
The Toronto Blue Jays say hitting coach Chad Mottola and first base coach Dwayne Murphy won’t return next season.
The team said Monday that Murphy was retiring as a major league coach.
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale, pitching coach Pete Walker, third base coach Luis Rivera and bullpen coach Pat Hentgen will be back in their current roles.
PRICE PITCHES APOLOGY
A contrite David Price has apologized for statements he posted last weekend on Twitter.
The Rays’ ace criticized two TV analysts several hours after being beaten by Boston on Saturday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
“Dirk Hayhurst … COULDN’T hack it … Tom Verducci wasn’t even a waterboy in high school … but yet they can still bash a player … SAVE IT NERDS,” read Price’s tweet.
“It’s not the way anybody should handle themselves at any time,” Price said. “I’m a person that takes pride in character, and that was the exact opposite of that. I let my emotions just take over the situation. A very dark spot on my career up to this point.”