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Dodgers and Astros: Everything You May Have Missed With the Cheating Scandal Fallout

The baseball world was rocked last week as MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a 9-page report on findings from an investigation into claims that the Houston Astros had been cheating by stealing signs using electronic equipment.

That, of course, is a no-no under baseball bylaws… and out of respect for the game.

Ultimately, Manfred announced his punishments for the Astros that was a game-changer for fans and media around baseball.

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Emotions were mixed right off the bat as some felt the punishment was too harsh and many others felt it wasn’t enough.

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Soon after, the Dodgers official Twitter account posted an interesting statement as it was revealed that players and clubs could face potentially harsher punishment if they spoke out on the commissioner’s ruling.

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Nevertheless, players — both active and former — and members of the organization could not completely bite their tongues on the matter.

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Dodgers Nation’s Blue Heaven Podcast welcomed Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett onto the program to discuss everything up to that point, and the feeling of the fan base.

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Of course, the fan base took the news that their baseball team was potentially (likely) robbed of at least one World Series championship.

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Still, one Los Angeles icon said fans should move past the news and look to the future.

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As all of this was happening, slowly Astros players spoke through agents on the accusations — including expanded accusations — that players had also used buzzers affixed to their bodies to continue cheating.

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Not to be forgotten in all of this is the fact that not only the Dodgers feel robbed by the Astros.

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So where do you stand nearly one week after the news broke that Los Angeles was robbed of a fair shot at a title?

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Not only should they vacate the title but world series rings should be returned and players sanctioned since they benefited the most.

  2. This certainly explains a lot. borne in Torrance, CA in 1949 I grew up with the Dodgers. I don’t live in California any more but flew to LA to attend game 7 of the 2017 World Series. I remember just sitting there thinking “what the hell is going on here? Now I know!

  3. More and stiffer penalties are more needed than talk, as well as policing the rules

    Vacate 2017 title

    Give Cora a lifetime ban

    Take a harder look at Beltran and give him what he deserves too. Make it apply to players.

    Put in systems to prevent cheating, like umpires that can see what’s in a dugout and hear the noises coming from a dugout. Use surveillance equipment in the dugout if necessary. But do something to prevent this from recurring. Wake up.

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