As spring training nears, the Houston Astros‘ sign-stealing scandal continues to be the centerpiece of the baseball world, with players, past and present, speaking out seemingly daily.
On Monday, former major league pitcher Mike Bolsinger entered the mix with a potential precedent-setting civil lawsuit.
Bolsinger — hardly the largest name associated with the scandal — was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 4, 2017, in Houston, when the Astros tagged the journeyman reliever for four runs, four hits and three walks in one-third of an inning. It took just 29 pitches — probably fewer — for Bolsinger to think that the Astros were up to something.
“I don’t know if I’ve had a worse outing in my professional career,” Bolsinger told USA Today. “I remember saying, ‘It was like they knew what I was throwing. They’re laying off pitches they weren’t laying off before. It’s like they knew what was coming.’ That was the thought in my head. I felt like I didn’t have a chance.”
The Astros won 16-7 and it ended up being Bolsinger’s last appearance in the majors. He was demoted by Toronto the following day.
On Monday, he fired back, filing a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior…