Panel denies Chacon grievance

The three-person arbitration panel, which last September heard a grievance filed by pitcher Shawn Chacon against the Astros, has denied the player’s grievance.
Shyam Das, the chairman of the panel which also included representatives from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, stated that the Astros were within their rights to terminate Chacon’s contract without his entitlement to further compensation after the player attacked and assaulted general manager Ed Wade on June 25, 2008.

“We’re pleased with the ruling,” Wade said. “It was an unfortunate incident, and we’re glad to put it behind us.”

Chacon was given his unconditional release following the attack, and the team invoked Paragraph 7 (b) (1) of the Uniform Players Contract, which denied the player any further compensation on his 2008 contract.


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