Rob Manfred and Bud Selig ordered to sit for depositions in a foul ball injury case – HardballTalk


This should be interesting: ESPN reports that a Chicago judge has ordered that Commissioner Rob Manfred, former Commissioner Bud Selig, and current Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem sit for depositions in a lawsuit over injuries a fan suffered in 2017 when he was hit in the head by a foul ball at Wrigley Field.

Major League Baseball had opposed their depositions, claiming — per the article — that “no commissioner or deputy commissioner has ever been deposed in a lawsuit concerning a foul ball injury.” I’ll note that, legally speaking, that doesn’t mean squat. I’ll also note that it takes a certain insular and privileged mindset to believe that that kind of argument matters all that much outside of your own organization, but I suppose that comes with the territory of running a business that is immune to all manner of legal process the rest of the business world isn’t.

The crux of this lawsuit — and, presumably, of the depositions — is about why Major League Baseball has never mandated extended netting. Instead, as we have noted many times in the past, the league has merely recommended netting, leaving it up to the teams. I’ve speculated in the past that…

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