Phillies sue to keep Pha­natic from free agency

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The Philadelph­ia Phillies have sued the New York com­pany that cre­ated the Pha­natic mas­cot to pre­vent the green furry fan fa­vorite from be­com­ing a free agent.

In a com­plaint filed Fri­day in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Man­hat­tan, the team al­leged Harrison/ Erick­son threat­ened to ter­mi­nate the Phillies’ rights to the Pha­natic on June 15, 2020, and “make the Pha­natic a free agent” un­less the team rene­go­ti­ated its 1984 agree­ment to ac­quire the mas­cot’s rights.

The team said it con­tracted with Harrison/ Erick­son in 1978 to de­velop the mas­cot. The Phillies also said they reached agreements with H/E in 1979 and 1984, the lat­ter a $215,000 deal to by all rights to the “artis­tic sculp­ture known as the ‘Phillie Pha­natic.’ ”

No­table

Yan­kees: LHP CC Sa­bathia, 39, on the in­jured list for the third time in his fi­nal sea­son, says the pain in his sur­gi­cally re­paired right knee has been con­stant for five years – “If I had to scale it on a scale of one to 10, it’s al­ways an eight and when it’s bad it’s 10.” … DH Ed­win En­car­na­cion broke his right wrist when hit by a pitch in the eighth in­ning of the teams’ dou­ble­header opener.

Ath­let­ics: Oak­land ac­ti­vated OF Stephen Pis­cotty (sprained right knee, June 30) from the in­jured list and claimed C Dustin Garneau off waivers from the An­gels.

Twins: OF By­ron Bux­ton (left shoul­der) and RHP Michael Pineda (right tri­ceps strain) went on the IL, while 1B C.J. Cron (right thumb in­flam­ma­tion) was ac­ti­vated. In­di­ans: RHP Corey Klu­ber (bro­ken right fore­arm) threw a 35pitch sim­u­lated game to Dou­ble-A play­ers Satur­day and could be­gin a mi­nor-league re­hab as­sign­ment Thurs­day. Car­di­nals: OF Mar­cell Ozuna (bro­ken fin­gers, right hand) was ac­ti­vated from the 10-day IL. Ozuna, who missed 28 games, still leads the club with 62 RBIs. Rock­ies: OF David Dahl (high right an­kle sprain) went on the 10-day IL. Cubs: All-Star C Will­son Con­tr­eras (hamstring) left Satur­day’s game against Mil­wau­kee in the sev­enth in­ning.

An­gels: RHP Felix Pena (sprained right knee) was car­ried off the field dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning against Cleve­land af­ter cov­er­ing first base. White Sox: RHP Car­son Ful­mer (strained right hamstring) went on the 10-day IL af­ter suf­fer­ing an in­jury while bat­ting Fri­day night for the first time since high school.

High­lights

Yan­kees 9, Red Sox 2: DJ LeMahieu home­red twice off an en­raged Chris Sale, who screamed and pointed at the plate um­pire when he was re­moved dur­ing a seven-run fourth in­ning, and New York beat Bos­ton in a dou­ble­header opener that ex­tended Bos­ton’s long­est los­ing streak since 2015 to six games. Sale tied his ca­reer high by al­low­ing eight earned runs in 32⁄3 in­nings.

Cubs 4, Brew­ers 1: Cole Hamels pitched five shutout in­nings af­ter spend­ing five weeks on the in­jured list with a strained left oblique, Al­bert Almora Jr. hit a tiebreak­ing home run in the sev­enth and Chicago beat visit­ing Mil­wau­kee.

AP file photo

The Phillie Pha­natic, right, was cre­ated by the Harrison/Erick­son com­pany in New York. It de­buted in 1978.

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