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The MLB hot stove is boiling over in Houston:

  • It started right after the Astros won the 2019 AL title.  During the locker room celebration, an assistant GM harassed a group of female reporters by loudly bragging "how great it was to trade for their closer" (who had been suspended by MLB during the first half of 2019 for domestic violence).  That assistant GM was later fired.
  • Then the Astros lose the 2019 World Series.
  • Then in the off-season, a former Astro player tells MLB that the Astros were using video technology to steal pitching signs during their 2017 World Series championship season.  MLB investigates and finds this to be true.
  • Yesterday, MLB levies a $5 million fine, loss of 1st and 2nd-round draft picks for 2020 and 2021, and a one-year suspension of their manager and general manager to the Astros.  Shortly afterward, the Astros' owner fires both of them.

But wait, it gets better:

  • Alex Cora was a bench coach for the 2017 Astros and became manager of the 2018 Boston Red Sox.  Then the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series.  MLB named Cora as a central figure in Houston's illegal video sign stealing scheme.  Now, there is reporting that the Red Sox used the same sign stealing technology during that championship season and that MLB is also investigating.

But wait, it gets better:

  • The LA Dodgers lost the 2017 World Series to the Astros and the 2018 World Series to the Red Sox - both teams now implicated in this illegal video sign stealing scandal(!)
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This is garbage. Those were good years wasted away... the fans were cheated the most here... strip the titles from anyone caught cheating.. ohio state had a season vacated, why cant they?

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20 hours ago, Columbo said:

The MLB hot stove is boiling over in Houston:

  • It started right after the Astros won the 2019 AL title.  During the locker room celebration, an assistant GM harassed a group of female reporters by loudly bragging "how great it was to trade for their closer" (who had been suspended by MLB during the first half of 2019 for domestic violence).  That assistant GM was later fired.
  • Then the Astros lose the 2019 World Series.
  • Then in the off-season, a former Astro player tells MLB that the Astros were using video technology to steal pitching signs during their 2017 World Series championship season.  MLB investigates and finds this to be true.
  • Yesterday, MLB levies a $5 million fine, loss of 1st and 2nd-round draft picks for 2020 and 2021, and a one-year suspension of their manager and general manager to the Astros.  Shortly afterward, the Astros' owner fires both of them.

But wait, it gets better:

  • Alex Cora was a bench coach for the 2017 Astros and became manager of the 2018 Boston Red Sox.  Then the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series.  MLB named Cora as a central figure in Houston's illegal video sign stealing scheme.  Now, there is reporting that the Red Sox used the same sign stealing technology during that championship season and that MLB is also investigating.

But wait, it gets better:

  • The LA Dodgers lost the 2017 World Series to the Astros and the 2018 World Series to the Red Sox - both teams now implicated in this illegal video sign stealing scandal(!)

 

 

cora is doneski, which is fine, nobody likes him.

 

now the spotlight is turning to beltran and the mets.

 

and on to the yankees when he was there (which i love because they were starting to whine like they were aggrieved lol).

 

the poor mets, they just cant do anything right. 

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I had pretty much given up on baseball prior to this scandal. The fact that Houston cheated and still keeps their World Series title pushes me even further away from the sport.


"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

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a fan researched proof of the astros cheating:

 

https://nypost.com/2020/01/30/one-astros-fan-gathered-the-sign-stealing-data-its-undeniable/

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The Dodgers pulled out a big "win-now" trade with the Red Sox:  https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28636934/red-sox-agree-trade-mookie-betts-david-price-dodgers-3-team-deal

 

Red Sox agreed to trade Mookie Betts, David Price to Dodgers in 3-team deal that included the Twins.  The Red Sox got a prospect from the Dodgers and a prospect from the Twins, after the Dodgers sent a starting pitcher to the Twins.

 

The 27-year-old Betts is coming off a season in which he hit .295/.391/.524 and finished eighth in American League MVP voting.  He won the 2018 MVP, hitting .346/.438/.640 during the Red Sox's World Series winning season.  Betts will make $27 million this year and will be a free-agent after this season.

 

The 34-year-old Price was 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 107.1 innings last year, with two stints on the DL.  Price also has three more years and $96 million remaining on his contract.

 

Throughout the winter, Boston entertained offers for Betts, whose free-agent haul following the 2020 season could exceed $400 million.  And as Boston tries to dip beneath the $208 million luxury-tax threshold, clearing its books of Betts and Price will go a long way toward reaching that goal.  Meanwhile, the Dodgers are going all-in to win their first World Series since 1988, and possibly to wipe the memory of losing the 2017 and 2018 World Series to two teams found guilty of illegal pitch sign stealing.

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Spring Training opened this week in MLB.  Which usually is a glorious sign that spring (and the next baseball season) is on its way.  But it wasn't glorious for the Houston Astros.

 

Fresh off MLB's confirmation and punishments for their sign stealing scandal, this week was the first time for national media to directly ask questions of the Astros owner and Astros players in the mandatory Spring Training opening day press availability.  And it did not go down well - especially for the Astros owner - who started with an apology - then said it really didn't effect any game outcomes or taint the 2017 World Series title - then when pressed why he was apologizing if it didn't effect the game, said he was sorry that they "broke the rules".

 

And now the Astros are getting ripped from all sides:

 

https://sports.yahoo.com/baseball-fans-you-must-boo-the-astros-143310009.html

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28693762/what-make-houston-astros-owner-jim-crane-public-non-apology

https://sports.yahoo.com/cody-bellinger-astros-stole-a-ring-from-dodgers-and-an-mvp-from-aaron-judge-174528694.html

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This Astros cheating scandal has been blowing up since the start of Spring Training.  With reporters now able to talk to MLB players, players from other teams are unloading on the Astros players.

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28711606/astros-rivals-wage-cheating-scandal-war-words-end-soon -- Now it is certainly understandable why Dodgers players would be salty about the Astros cheating a World Series title away from their team.

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28717080/ex-dodgers-pitcher-yu-darvish-astros-stripped-title -- And it is certainly understandable why former Dodger pitcher Yu Darvish would rip the Astros.  Darvish was probably the individual most harmed financially by the Astros cheating.  He was a trade deadline pickup by the Dodgers in 2017 and got hammered in two WS starts against the Astros.  So much so that people thought Darvish was "tipping his pitches"(!)  And when Darvish went to free-agency in the off-season, his value was greatly diminished.

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28728594/braves-nick-markakis-says-every-astro-needs-beating-sign-stealing -- But then players from teams not directly harmed by the Astros started speaking up.  Atlanta's Nick Markakis going the furthest, telling reporters "every single guy over there needs a beating".

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28723423/angels-star-mike-trout-rips-astros-calls-more-punishment -- Even Mike Trout, the normally silent star of the Angels, had lots of negative things to say about the Astros.

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28708747/carlos-correa-says-astros-won-world-series-fair-square -- Then Astros player Carlos Correa, who had career highs in batting average, RBI and OPS in 2017, said the Astros won the World Series "fair and square" and told Dodgers Cody Bellinger to "shut the f up".

 

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/28723815/dodgers-justin-turner-irate-touch-commissioner-rob-manfred -- Then MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stepped in it.  While reacting to questions about the possibility of stripping the Astros of their 2017 title, he referred to the World Series trophy as just a "piece of metal".  Something he later apologized for.

 

So now Vegas is taking bets on how many Astros hitters will get beaned this season.

 

And that's not even taking into account how many Astros might get beaned during Spring Training games.

 

And MLB's report on sign stealing done by the 2018 World Series winning Boston Red Sox is due next week(!)

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