Former MLB pitcher Mike Bolsinger has come up with a novel legal strategy as he (literally) relitigates his shoddy third-of-an-inning performance in the runup to the 2017 World Series. The journeyman pitcher gave up four runs and four walks in his ill-fated appearance in a series marred by revelations that the Astros employed an elaborate sign-stealing operation in an attempt to give their offense an upper hand.
Bolsinger now claims that he was the owner of the hand signals and the Astros’ scheme amounted to trade secret theft under the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Bolsinger’s challenges start with proving that the hand signals were, in fact, trade secrets and that he – not the Astros – owned them, says Joe Ahmad of Houston-based Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, or AZA.
“A judge or jurors might be skeptical that his MLB career was derailed by that one brief outing,” Mr. Ahmad writes in a recent post on his blog. “Bolsinger has reportedly performed well in the minor leagues and in Japan. Professional baseball is a sophisticated free market for talent. If just one team thinks he has the stuff, he will be called back. And if he is right, it would seem that at least one team would recognize this and overlook that outing.”
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