LIDLE’S FAMILY WANTS BIG BUCKS
I doubt I can fathom the loss, grief and searing pain the Lidle family has felt since that October day in 2006 when Cory Lidle died in a plane crash. And while I may not (or any of us for that matter) have all of the details, there is something else I can’t understand: Why the Lidle family is suing the plane maker for $45 million.
Lidle’s widow, Melanie, is suing Cirrus Design Corp., the manufacturer of the plane that her husband was in when he crashed and died on October 11, 2006. She’s asking for more than $50 million, and the New York Post reports that his agent is claiming that Lidle would have made $45 million in salary from playing and coaching baseball.
Jordan Feagan may have a bit of an inflated sense of his own abilities as an agent. Lidle would have been 35 years old before the 2007 season, had never made more than $3.3 million in a season and was as average a pitcher as you could find in the major leagues.
The Lidle’s are also being sued by people from the building that was hit by the plane Lidle was flying. So perhaps there is a need for money. But wouldn’t insurance cover those suits? If they could prove the plane manufacturer was at fault those suits would then go away. The NTSB, however, ruled that pilot error was the cause of the crash. Just a sad story.