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MLBPA Files Grievances Over Mateo, Callaspo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Friday, 18 May 2007 01:00

MLBPAThe Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA)—the union representing the players—has filed a grievance over the suspensions of Seattle Mariners pitcher Julio Mateo and Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Alberto Callaspo.

Recently, both players were involved in domestic violence disputes with their wives which resulted in arrests.

The union has filed the grievances over actions the clubs took after the incidents. As reported by the AP:

Seattle optioned him to the minors on May 5 and suspended him for 10 days without pay for missing the May 5 game. If allowed to stand, the suspension would cost him $54,645 of his $1 million salary this year. When his suspension was over, Seattle said Wednesday he had been put on the Triple-A inactive list. His Mariners locker is still intact at Safeco Field on Thursday.

The AP further reports:

Arizona placed Callaspo on the restricted list without pay Friday, a day after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife. Callaspo was taken into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor assault and felony criminal damage. Following an initial court appearance Friday, he was released without bail.

Callaspo's contract calls for him to earn the minimum $380,000 while he is in the major leagues.

Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, grievances must be heard within one year. The change was added to remove back-logging of grievances.



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