Already, a number of different individuals have weighed in on what will should happen to the Houston Astros in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal. For example, Yu Darvish talked about the effect the sign-stealing had on game seven of the 2017 World Series. However, not many Los Angeles Dodgers have spoken about what happened; or what should be the punishment ahead for Houston.
Until Tuesday that is.
Furthermore, Kenley Jansen held an event on Tuesday that Dodgers Nation is present for. Then, he was asked about the Houston scandal.
Regarding Houston Scandal: You feel cheated in any way?
“Time for baseball to do something about it….. a big fine or someone gets banned forever” – Kenley Jansen pic.twitter.com/xTVZxd2VGx
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) November 19, 2019
While asked if he feels cheated in any way, here’s what Jansen had to say.
“That’s baseball, man. They still gotta hit it. Teams try everything. Like I said, for this to be done and I said it a long time ago. It’s time for Major League Baseball to control that part of it. Put a blurry sign that no one is going to see. And if you find out that some teams cheated, give a big fine or someone gets banned forever.”
Obviously, it’s going to be tough to ban an entire organization of players, scouts, and executives forever. With that being said, major punishments are being discussed in ‘unprecedented’ nature for the Astros if the investigation by MLB finds them guilty.
Right now, baseball is in a fact finding mode. Equally important, Jansen is correct that something needs done to keep from a black-eye being put on the sport to tarnish the proud history in the future.
Finally – if Jansen feels this way – how many other Dodgers from the 2017 squad who fell just one game short also feel the same emotion? Certainly baseball must rule swift and correctly on this issue.
Therefore we ask you: what is the best punishment for the Astros? Let us know in the comments section below.