Obviously, when sanctions were handed down upon the Houston Astros to begin the week, a firestorm began in the MLB fraternity. That reaction chain began with current players and extended to former ones. Notably, players like Adrian Gonzalez who played the game for over a decade.
…I think MLB has to decided where that line is drawn." https://t.co/Xh1LiJF15T
— AM 570 LA Sports (@AM570LASports) January 18, 2020
First, Gonzalez talks about the difference between getting an edge and outright cheating. Furthermore, this reminds me of Ross Stripling talking about the difference between the two.
“I feel like MLB has to be very specific and let everyone know where that line is drawn. Obviously what the Astros have been doing is definitely over the line. I think that it’s something that when I came to the game would definitely deserve somebody to get hit. Some of the other allegations that are going on, I think MLB has to decided where that line is drawn.”
On Friday, former Dodger and Hall of Famer Mike Piazza suggested the same sentiment when he said “you’d probably be missing a head” if this happened back in his day.
Next, A Gon speaks towards the edge it creates for a hitter to know exactly what pitch is coming. This is good stuff.
“I think if the pitcher knows what to do with the ball and can really locate a pitch it helps. If it’s a kid that is just chucking it out there and can’t really control his pitch then you don’t want to know. If you are talking about a pitcher in the World Series game, those guys know where the ball is going for the most part and it helps.”
Without question, when you have hitters who are superstars like those on the 2017 Astros club; it’s an edge to be able to sit on an upcoming fastball. While it’s great to hear a veteran like Gonzalez give insight into this, it doesn’t make it hurt any less to think about the transgression the Astros’ operation of sign-stealing produced.
Expect a lot more reactions from former Dodgers players on this subject, before all is said and done.