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Baseball Player You've Never Heard of Sues After Swindle

Ah, the life of a mediocre major leaguer still hanging on to his not-so-glory days. Courthouse News reports this morning that Mike Lamb, journeyman infielder, is suing a "friend" for swindling him out of $253,000. According to the report, Lamb (pictured in the sad uniform of the Mets' AAA affiliate Buffalo Bisons) has filed suit in California state court against Louis Simon, for "breach of contract, conversion, conspiracy, fraud, aiding and abetting, defamation, and unjust enrichment."

What happened? Well, Lamb says Simon, a friend since 2001, borrowed $253K from him in the fall of 2008, purportedly as "a short-term bridge loan" to move along the production of a film based on Simon's own recovery from a gambling addiction.

Guess who failed to pay back the loan by September 2009 as promised. Not just Simon, but the alleged "guarantors" of the loan. To be fair, they had a good excuse:

Lamb claims that Darling has refused to pony up the money he allegedly guaranteed, in one instance, with the "ludicrous assertion that his gold, held in a foreign territory, could not be flown out of the country because it made the plane too heavy to take off and they needed additional jets."

Lamb is a career .276 hitter, who had a good run as an every day player for the Rangers and Astros between 2000 and 2007, which likely led to his December 2007 signing as a free agent by the Twins for a cool $3.5 mil. Alas, he has fallen on hard times -- out of the league entirely last year and having appeared in just 34 games for the Marlins this year.

So what better way to keep himself busy than the other American pastime, litigation. If this thing ever sees the inside of a courtroom, Mike, just remember it's a bit of a faux pas to spit tobacco at the jury and grab your crotch on the way up to the witness stand.

Posted by Eric Lipman on September 13, 2010 at 12:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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