(NJ) – In a rambling, conspiracy-laced lawsuit, a failed prospect, who never played above High-A and had a career batting average of .244, sued the Yankees for $34 million and blamed Yankees legend Derek Jeter for derailing his career as a shortstop, presumably because the soon-to-be Hall of Famer was afraid of the competition.
It was a wild swing and a miss.
In the lawsuit, dismissed by a judge in May, Garrison Lassiter used letters, newspaper clippings and scouting reports to weave a strange tale of conspiracy that he said was launched against him “to protect the career of Derek Jeter.” He alleged that it was “blantanly (sic) obvious” that Jeter controlled the Yankees organization, and he insisted Yankees employees libeled and slandered him to other teams, preventing him from reaching the major leagues.
In a Hail Mary letter to Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in January 2018, Lassiter wrote, “I’ll never play for the New York Yankees … a Team that doesn’t understand the importance of giving respect to the Players that help the Organization win. These are the facts big dawg.”
(After the Yankees released Lassiter, he redshirted at quarterback for University of Miami, never appearing in a game. Lassiter said Miami kicked him out of the program in 2014 for rallying the team and asking head coach Al Golden to make him the starter.)
Another former Yankees official had an easier explanation.
“Things didn’t work out,” said Mark Newman, who ran the Yankees’ farm system until 2015. “Baseball’s a hard game. Professional baseball’s really hard. That was it.
“You look at his performance, and (the statistics website) Baseball Reference answers your questions.”
This is the man in question Garrison Lassiter:
In all levels the dude batted .195. I love this guy he’s the ultimate excuse guy. You know the guy who said he would have made it to the pros if it wasn’t for his High School coach. This guy went bigger though, he went for Derek Jeter’s fault. I like the big time swing here. It seems like this guy had nothing. No batting average, no power, no speed. And instead of just giving up, he had determination to get that money. He went after Derek Jeter. So good try Garrison, but in reality it was probably Alex Rodriguez’s fault.