Sunday, January 6, 2008

Tony Micelli got himself a lawyer

Ex-minor leaguer could sue MLB

NEW YORK (Ticker) - Major League Baseball could face a class-action lawsuit from former minor leaguers who believe they were denied a fair shot at making the majors because of steroids in the game.

Ex-St. Louis Cardinals farmhand Rich Hartmann told the New York Daily News he is considering filing the lawsuit, and has support from former teammates.

"Was I cheated of my dreams of a big-league career?" Hartmann said in Sunday's Daily News. "I don't know. But I do know there were thousands of guys who were right on the doorstep between 1990 and 2005 and they were cheated because they didn't use steroids."

Hartmann, now a 35-year-old New York banker, was a 26th-round draft choice of the Cardinals in 1994. He impressed at Class A level but lasted only a couple of seasons before he quit after an arm injury.

I hope the Cardinals counter-sue for wasting a draft pick (albeit a 26th round pick), roster spot, uniform, salary, and countless plane and bus tickets on this guy. But where the hell have a heard this story before?

"Widower Anthony Morton "Tony" Micelli (Danza) is a former second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals who was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury and the up and coming career of Tommy Herr."

Not taking steroids didn't keep you from the majors, it kept you from a nice AA career. And threw you right into the arms of Angerler, Mona and Jonatin.

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