Players must be punished in sign-stealing fiasco — Mark Madden

Carrie Guzman
February 14, 2020

The Astros will surely be regaled by loud banging sounds wherever they go, a constant reminder of the scheme to steal signs that helped win them a World Series title they didn't deserve.

"I thought Manfred's punishment was weak, giving them immunity", he said, according to the LA Times. (That includes those now with other teams.) If that means battling the MLBPA, so be it. "I mean these guys were cheating for three years".

Verlander told reporters multiple times that he "wished I had said more" and apologized for not asserting himself.

The Astros did exactly that, and totally got away with it.

Former general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were additionally suspended for the entire 2020 season, only to be subsequently fired by Crane.

If the Astros were as bad at stealing signs as they are at apologizing for it, there might be championship flags flying in Los Angeles and NY now.

They seem like great guys.

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This is not necessarily a fault of the Houston organization, but there clearly was a trade of immunity for players, in return for the information they provided to Major League Baseball.

Choo said that the Rangers openly discussed their suspicions as they watched Astros hitters take pitches or put the right swing on pitches. Now they'll be cheating the fans - not to mention some of their fellow players who have already signaled they aren't going to follow the unwritten rules of baseball silence on this one.

Choo also believes the drastic swing in Astros strikeout totals in 2017 from 2015 and 2016 is a giveaway. Not one got punished.

While the A's were well out of the playoff race in 2017, they only lost the division by six games in 2018 and 10 games in 2019. Jim Crane, Dusty Baker, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve took the stage, and they ultimately dropped the ball.

It's easy for all of us to say that we would never cheat the game, and we would fairly earn whatever World Series ring we won. And apparently there are no consequences for players cheating in baseball - at least as long as Rob Manfred is in charge of the game.

When Mike Fiers takes the mound at ballparks across the country this summer, fans in 29 cities (besides Houston) should give him an extra ovation. Why wait until after he left Houston to say something? They will get pitched high and tight. All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw said it was handsome that the Astros' scandal had so many reacting honestly and openly about their feelings and individually moving forward. He snarked at the Yankees' complaints of them cheating in the 2019 ALCS, knowing his team had cheated in the past (and possibly was cheating that season, as well).

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