The former operator of the Cangrejeros de Santurce baseball team has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Puerto Rico Winter League, alleging he colluded with Puerto Rico Mayor Miguel Romero to remove him from the franchise.
In March Cangrejeros investor/operator Tom Exxon was suspended for two years and fined $5,000 by the league after criticizing Romero for the poor conditions at the team’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium and threatening to move the club to Humacao. Fine was imposed.
Exxon’s lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Puerto Rico on Monday, demands that the operators of the league’s other teams and Impulse Sports Entertainment, Liga de Beisbol Professional de Puerto Rico Inc., receive triple damages as well as control of the franchise. Exxon companies should be returned. Corporation, which assumed control of Cangrejeros after Exxon was delisted.
“I am bringing this lawsuit for the benefit of players, fans and the entire community because of my passion for Puerto Rican baseball and my desire to restore the Cangrejeros franchise and all Puerto Rican baseball to its former glory,” Exxon said. Statement. “No sports business is above the law.”
Exxon claims it offered to invest $2 million in repairs to Hiram Bithorn Stadium, but said its efforts were opposed by the league and Romero.
Romero introduced Impulse Sports and Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee as Cangrejeros’ operators at a news conference this month, saying the team will be staying at Hiram Bithorn Stadium and upgrades are being made at the facility.
Cangrejeros has hired some of the best players in baseball history, including Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson, Robin Yount, and Satchel Paige.
The league did not immediately respond to a request for comment.