More than a dozen former MLB scouts have filed a lawsuit against the league, its teams, and commissioner Rob Manfred, claiming age discrimination.

In total, 17 individuals filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Denver, referencing the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and laws in 11 states and New York City.

The ages of the scouts range from 55 to 71, stating that the league and its teams prevented the reemployment of older scouts or refused to reemploy them from 2020 to 2022.

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A general view of the MLB logo on the on-deck circle during the game between the New York Mets and the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 5, 2022 in Cincinnati.
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The former scouts also allege that in 2015, MLB halted the listing of scouts eligible for employment, and the decision to end the MLB Scouting Bureau in 2018 was discriminatory. They claim that MLB used analytics and the coronavirus pandemic as excuses to eliminate older scouts.

Additionally, they argue that an MLB provision that offsets scouts’ salaries when they sign with a new team, but are still being paid by a previous team from which they were fired, is discriminatory.

“This lawsuit is about age discrimination within a sport that supposedly values history, tradition, and putting the best possible product on the field,” stated lawyer Mitchell C. Abeita of Kilgore & Kilgore.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference after negotiations with the players’ association toward a labor deal, Tuesday

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