Yankees appeal release of 2017 ‘Yankees letter’ detailing investigation into MLB sign theft – The Athletic

The first time the Yankees appealed the release of the Yankees letter, Major League Baseball’s central office sided with the Yankees, jointly filing the appeal. On Friday, the Yankees made their second call alone and fired on MLB in stride.

“The Yankees believe that MLB mistakenly produced the Yankees letter” in court, the Yankees argued in their final appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

A person familiar with the litigation said that according to MLB, the league produced the letter because it had an obligation to do so in the event of a discovery.

But a Yankees official said Friday night that MLB told the Yankees that MLB was not going to deliver the letter and that MLB acknowledged to the team that it was a mistake to do so. The Yankees official also suggested that MLB and the Yankees being at odds on this ultimately supports one of the Yankees’ arguments.

“The court ruled that the Yankees were not a party to this litigation because they are one of the clubs, being part of MLB,” the Yankees official said. “However, the investigation was adversarial and there has always been a dispute regarding this letter, as the Yankees were informed by MLB that they delivered the letter to the plaintiffs in error.”

In their petition for what is called a new “en banc” audience, the Yankees also suggested they were being targeted because of their importance.

“One must wonder whether the decisions of the District Court and this Court would differ if the subject matter were a less famous party than the New York Yankees,” reads the petition, signed by Yankees President Randy Levine. .

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