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Shawn Chacon's grievance versus Astros denied by arbitrator

Aug 17, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

Two years ago right-hander Shawn Chacon allegedly grabbed general manager Ed Wade by the neck and threw him to the ground during an argument, after which the Astros naturally terminated his contract and refused to pay the remaining $983,607 he was owed as part of a one-year, $2 million deal.
Chacon and the MLB players’ association filed a grievance, claiming that the termination was without just cause, but yesterday an arbitrator ruled against the pitcher.
“We’re pleased with the ruling,” Wade said in a statement. “It was an unfortunate incident and we’re glad to put it behind us.”
Chacon hasn’t pitched in the majors since being let go by Houston, which is what tends to happen to 30-year-olds with 4.99 career ERAs when they assault 53-year-old GMs. Worse, last year he was declared a fugitive while police tried to track him down over $150,000 in unpaid gambling debts in Las Vegas.
Even after losing out on $983,607 from the Astros he was paid around $15 million during his eight seasons in the majors.

  1. Utley's hair - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    There are a lot of people who felt like doing that to Eddie around here. But then he left…and started picking up Phightins castoffs. So we’re pretty much okay with Eddie now.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 17, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Perhaps Chuck Norris could take Chacon under his wing for a few weeks, teach him where one or two lethal pressure points are, and then somehow arrange to trade him to the Mutts this offseason. BC, does that sound like a reasonable approach to you?

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