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Why is Adrian Gonzalez’s father suing Major League Baseball?

Mar 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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It has nothing to do with Adrian. It has everything to do with a 17 year-old pitching prospect named Daniel Pesqueira. Jorge Arangure of Sports on Earth has the story and it’s a fascinating one.

Pesqueira was in Fort Myers, trying out for the Red Sox and likely to receive a contract offer when Major League Baseball informed him that, contrary to what Pesqueira believed, he was under contract with the Mexico City Diablos Rojos of the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB). The only evidence that Pesqueira was under contract with Mexico City: a couple of exceedingly sketchy documents and Major League Baseball’s refusal to question the LMB’s assertions about their validity at all.

Enter David Gonzalez, who has taken up Pesqueira’s case, suing Major League Baseball and attempting to expose and ultimately put an end to the often shady dealings between LMB and MLB which keep Mexican ballplayers in a state which some of them call virtual slavery. What’s more: the pendency and outcome of the case could throw a major wrench into Major League Baseball’s plans to institute an international draft, as it seems so intent on doing.

Check out Arangure’s story and marvel at how much damage can be caused by some folks looking to make a few bucks and some other folks not having the nerve to rock the boat.

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    That contract business sounds so shady. I’m glad that the kid is finding meaning in trying to change the system, since he’s not getting it from playing anymore.

  2. mox19380 - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    “The contract date from the copy Gonzalez had received from the court in Mexico listed the starting date for the contract as March 22, 2010. The copy of the contract that MLB provided listed the starting date as March 21, 2011. The signing date of the contract provided by the Mexican court was Jan. 1, 2010. The signing date of the contract provided by MLB was March 16, 2011.”

    That would seem to be enough inconsistency to invalidate that shady contract. More concerning though is that one of the biggest clubs in Mexico gave him a $2000 ( guess as a signing bonus?). I know the standard of living there is lower than the U.S. but still that’s only like $150-160…that is a sham considering how much those teams down there make

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