Originally written November 06, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
This is one of the more bizarre stories you'll read all day. Philly.com is reporting that former Phillies batting practice pitcher Ali Modami is suing the team and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr for defamation. Amaro apaprently fired Modami on October 11, 2011, four days after their season completed, stating that the team wanted to "change the hitting program" and go in a "different direction". OK, no big deal, firings happen all the time. Modami then applied for positions with the Dodgers and Nationals, but didn't get either job despite getting good feedback from both teams early on. Modami then claims that Amaro told both Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo that Modami was fired from the Phillies for stealing and selling memorability. Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes, a former Phillies coach, confirmed to Modami that Amaro's statements are why the team didn't hire him. This is a mess on so many levels. Apparently, Nationa...
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