Nov. 9 (Meslop) — Former Houston Astros common supervisor Jeff Luhnow filed a lawsuit in opposition to his former group Monday for firing him over the membership’s sign-stealing scandal.

Within the swimsuit, which was filed in Harris County (Texas) District Court docket, Luhnow accused Astros proprietor Jim Crane and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred of creating him the “scapegoat for the group” after the group’s sign-stealing scheme got here to gentle.

Luhnow, who’s in search of greater than $22 million within the swimsuit, alleges that his firing was via a “negotiated decision” between Crane and Manfred that allowed the Astros to retain their 2017 World Collection title and save greater than $22 million in assured wage.

In line with the submitting, Luhnow was nonetheless owed $22 million in assured wage on the time of his firing from a contract he signed in Could 2018. The previous Astros govt is in search of restitution that features that remaining compensation owed, together with lawyer charges and court docket prices. He’s additionally in search of a jury trial.

Luhnow’s attorneys allege within the swimsuit that MLB’s investigation of the Astros’ sign-stealing operation was “deeply flawed,” and there was “no credible proof” that Luhnow was conscious of it. In addition they famous that “the video room workers who conceived and orchestrated the sign-stealing system remained employed by the membership all through the 2020 season.”

The Astros fired Luhnow and former supervisor A.J. Hinch in January when the outcomes of the league’s probe had been launched. Luhnow and Hinch had been suspended for one season, with the suspensions ending after the World Collection final month. Hinch has since been employed because the supervisor of the Detroit Tigers.

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