July 23, 2007 / 2:05 PM / 11 years ago

Baseball player not signing enough autographs?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sports memorabilia company is suing Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz — claiming the popular slugger does not sign enough autographs.

Boston Red Sox David Ortiz bats against the Toronto Blue Jays in the forth inning of their American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts July 14, 2007. A sports memorabilia company is suing the Boston Red Sox star -- claiming the popular slugger does not sign enough autographs. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

Steiner Sports Marketing is seeking at least $1 million in damages from the 31-year-old Dominican, in a lawsuit filed on Friday in New York state court.

The lawsuit charged that Ortiz consistently fell short of the autograph quota to which he agreed and that he lent his autograph to competing companies.

Ortiz also failed to appear at signing sessions or at corporate meet-and-greet events, as his contract requires, the lawsuit said.

According to the suit, Ortiz entered into an exclusive contract with Steiner in 2004 to provide 8,000 autographed memorabilia for sale and to participate in up to four two-hour-long autograph sessions.

Representatives for Ortiz and the Red Sox were not immediately available for comment.

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