Ex-Tiger must pay $1.8M

Judge blasts Curtis, who’s serv­ing time for sex­ual as­sault

The Detroit News - - Front Page - As­so­ci­ated Press

Grand Rapids —A fed­eral judge has or­dered for­mer Ma­jor Lea­guer Baseball player Chad Curtis to pay $1.8 mil­lion to a young wo­man who ac­cused him of in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing her when he was a vol­un­teer coach at a western Michi­gan high school.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff said Thurs­day that Curtis “shat­tered” the trust the vic­tim placed in Curtis.

The wo­man tes­ti­fied she lost all of her friends soon af­ter she ac­cused Curtis.

The Grand Rapids Press re­ports Curtis, who rep­re­sented him­self in the civil trial, ap­peared via video con­fer­ence from Gus Har­ri­son Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Adrian, where he’s serv­ing a sen­tence for sex­ual as­sault.

Three other vic­tims at Lake­wood High in Barry County ear­lier set­tled cases against Curtis. Each ac­cepted $10,000.

Curtis, who grew up in Mid­dleville in West Michi­gan, played for six teams in­clud­ing the Tigers from 1995-96. He won a World Se­ries with the Yan­kees in 1999.

Agents plead for le­niency

A sports agent and a baseball trainer are seek­ing le­nient prison sen­tences af­ter their con­vic­tions in Mi­ami of smug­gling Cuban play­ers to the U.S.

Court records filed this week show agent Bar­tolo Her­nan­dez is ask­ing for a three-year prison term and trainer Julio Estrada wants no more than five years. They were con­victed by a jury in March af­ter a six-week trial. Pros­e­cu­tors are ask­ing a judge

ex­ceed the nine-year maxi-

to mum for both cal­cu­lated un­der fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines. Sen­tenc­ing is set for Nov. 2. Trial ev­i­dence showed the pair ran an in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tion to smug­gle Cuban play­ers in re­turn for a cut of their lu­cra­tive baseball con­tracts, in­clud­ing Jose Abreu of the White Sox, Adeiny Hechavar­ria of the Rays and Leonys Martin of the Cubs.

Play­off no­ta­bles

Masahiro Tanaka will start in Game 1 of the ALCS tonight for the Yan­kees, and Dal­las Keuchel for the Astros. Justin Ver­lan­der goes in Game 2.

The Yan­kees start Luis Sev­erino in Game 2, CC Sa­bathia in Game 3 and Sonny Gray in Game 4. The Astros haven’t an- nonced beyond Game 2.

... Cold­wa­ter, Mich., na­tive Bill Welke will be part of the um­pir­ing crew for the NLCS.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/As­so­ci­ated Press

Gio Gon­za­lez got the start for the Na­tion­als in the do-or-die Game 5 against the Cubs on Thurs­day. Max Scherzer was avail­able in re­lief.

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