This ran this morning in Newsday. Ken Davidoff had the story. Seems to me Easler doesn’t have much of a case given that he turned down a job offer. But whatever. Here is the story:
When Don Mattingly, dealing with a divorce, decided he couldn’t begin the
2008 season as the Dodgers’ hitting coach, the team promoted Triple-A
hitting coach Mike Easler. A year later, Easler, out of work, has filed a
grievance with MLB concerning LA’s treatment of him, according to his
agent, Burton Rocks
“The Dodgers handled Mike’s coaching situation in such a manner that, by
the time Mike was able to contractually seek other employment, all coaching
spots had been filled by other clubs,” Rocks wrote in an e-mail. “Mike’s
loyalty to the Dodgers and to his contract has now left Mike sitting at
home without health insurance.”
Easler, known as “Hit Man” in his playing days, served until the All-Star
break, at which point Mattingly (Easler’s teammate with the 1986 and 1987
Yankees) replaced him. Easler spent the rest of the year as a roving
hitting instructor for the Dodgers.
After the season, Easler said, the Dodgers offered him a 2009 position as
the Class A hitting coach. He initially declined the de facto demotion.
Later, he asked for a scouting position and was told such a job wasn’t
The Dodgers declined to comment on the matter.