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Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Reacts to Astros Cheating Scandal

The man behind the Dodgers operation discussed the current scandal in the baseball world.

President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman at Dodger Stadium.

By now, you probably know about the Houston Astros scandal and how they supposedly stole signs in the 2017 season and potentially in the World Series that year against the Dodgers. We don’t know all the facts yet.

However, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman shed some light on the situation. In a statement made today, he implied that he did not believe that Yu Darvish tipped his pitches in the World Series — instead, he implied that there was most likely some external force that influenced Darvish’s terrible displays in Game 3 and Game 7.

Here is a quote that Friedman provided, courtesy of Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register:

“We had a player who was really good at picking up pitch-tipping type things and watched the Yu Darvish outings and said you could not sell out on something that Darvish was doing.”

This hurts. However, it does demonstrate that there is a chance that something else was at play In regards to the horrendous outings from Yu Darvish in 2017. While Darvish might still take the blame for the World Series loss — he blames himself — the blame does not entirely rest upon his shoulders, especially if there was some foul play.

Overall, Andrew Friedman implying that there could have been something else at work in the 2017 World Series is pretty unnerving. While this obviously does not confirm nor deny any Astros wrongdoing, it certainly does a force a trend in the prior direction.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. This makes that pill tougher to swallow. That was the one legitimate championship team Friedman put together and they were robbed of their title. I always felt something wasn’t right about that series. It was our year all the way up until that point we had the championship storylines the championship feels and the magic. I would’ve rather never known about this tbh because it makes it tougher to accept. At least before we could get angry at Roberts or Jansen or Kershaw or Darvish but the feeling now is totally different. It’s the feeling of getting punked and bullied and not being able to do a thing about it but sit there like a chump and live with it forever

    • Dodgers still had to hit and score runs and didn’t. What have they done the past number of years in the playoffs ? They can’t even get to the World Series and haven’t since 1988 . As much money they have spend in the past years on their teams . They still have issues in the playoffs . That’s Winning ….

      • The real crying shame is, we’ll never know if the Astros legitimately hit and scored enough runs to beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. They cast this shadow on themselves and now have to live with it

      • What do you mean they can’t get to world series since 1988? When did think the game against the Astros was…hello in the world series2017 and against Boston in 2018. Please think before by reply u reply to these things.

        Yes they have postseason issues what do u expect some teams get hot others don’t or if u make small mistake during season it’s bigger in postseason. No matter what experts say teams are not built for the playoffs they are built to get them there. Dodgers are just one of the lucky ones that didn’t have to go through yrs of struggling after McCourt sold the team. The turn around instantaneous and no yrs of struggling and watching bunch of ur young talent win for other teams.
        Even though they haven’t won a WS yet, but I’m sure glade I got to root for them try to win 7 yrs in a row.

  2. Baseball espionage is more common than people think. Why do you think Frisco’s Giants “now Called Dodgers North” has assembled the people they have now?……..finding out as much as you can about your opponent wins games against them. Finding out what your opponent is doing helps you keep up with them. I’m pretty certain, between Gabe Kapler and Farhan Zaidi, the Giants will now ask about and know about everything they can vis-a-vis the Dodgers methodology, both on the field and off, everything from within the organizations scouting/player development/talent assessment techniques, structure and methods/implementation.

  3. The 2017 world series.The Dodgers had the series,with that being said
    i preety much understand why it was taken from us(dodgers).I had a good feeling about something fishy.Carlos Beltran was in the lineup at the time.

  4. There was no “tipping of pitches” by the Dodgers, Yankees or Nationals. That is the scam Houston wants you to believe. That they somehow are so perceptive, they watch for slight differencesin a pitcher’s delivery? Baloney. They simply perfected a way to cheat.

    • Part of the deception was having the Astros in the dugout pretending they were spotting slight changes in a pitcher. They made sure the cameras were watching that. Part of lying, is acting and believing it yourself

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