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Dodgers News: MLB, Rob Manfred Responds to LA City Council Demand



Yesterday Dodgers fans found themselves victims once again. This time it was in the form of a group speaking out on behalf of all of Dodgers nation without, in fact, consulting the fans first. 

Yes, on Tuesday, LA City Council approved a resolution demanding that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred not only strip the cheating Houston Astros (and allegedly cheating Boston Red Sox) of their 2017 (and 2018) World Series titles, but also that baseball award the titles to the Dodgers.

The problem with that was that more than 80% polled resoundingly said they would not want their team to be declared World Series champions.

With all that said, one day later, the commish responded to the LA City Councilmembers. 

I think there’s a long tradition in baseball of not trying to change what happened.

Yes, you can read that as a “no.”

Manfred continued, unearthing flaws in the thought that Los Angeles be automatically awarded not one, but two World Series trophies after the fact.

Whatever the impact of the sign-stealing was, it could have changed who was in the World Series. It’s absolutely unclear that the Dodgers would have been World Series champion.

Additionally, Major League Baseball has yet to complete its investigation into the Red Sox and how deep former manager Alex Cora’s schemes ran in the Boston dugout. So with that, commissioner Manfred notes that “it’s a little hard to take the trophy away from somebody who hasn’t yet been found to do something wrong.”

Of course, punishment for Boston is forthcoming.

So rest easy, Dodgers fans — you will not be awkwardly awarded a trophy the team didn’t earn. And somewhere David Freese is resting easy.

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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. The LA city council should spend more time dealing with the homeless problem across the city instead of wasting time on this issue. Even before the commissioner said so it wasn’t never going to happen.

    I think it would be a class move if the owner of the Astors went over and above the commissioner’s decision, as he did when he fired the GM and manager, and state that he no longer considered his team the 2017 World Series Champions. He could order that the team take down the WS banner and remove all evidence of the tainted 2017 WS victory. He could also issue a formal apology to the Dodgers. That would be a real act of contrition, but like the LA City Council’s attempt, it will never happen.

  2. I think it would be a class move if the owner of the Astors went over and above the commissioner’s decision, as he did when he fired the GM and manager, and state that he no longer considered his team the 2017 World Series Champions. He could order that the team take down the WS banner and remove all evidence of the tainted 2017 WS victory. He could also issue a formal apology to the Dodgers. That would be a real act of contrition, but like the LA City Council’s attempt, it will never happen.

  3. Hey Clint, why is your site censoring comments? I just commented on your piece and it wasn’t posted. In my post I didn’t curse, belittle anyone or say anything offensive, believe me, I’ve read much worse in the comments section over the years. This is the second time this has happened in the last week. Last time, after I called the site out, my original was finally posted.

    What’s up with new practice.

    • Hi CB. The site has a comment filter that at times can be a little sensitive. So when filtered, they sit awaiting approval — we try our best to get to it often, but sometimes it can take a little longer than hoped… apologies for that.

      We’re hoping to find a way to introduce moderators to the comments section at some point this season and have more help keeping the conversation going (while keeping it friendly and fair to all).

      Appreciate your readership!

      • You already have atleast one moderator don’t you? who wrongfully accused me of something and went as far as to abuse their power by editing my comment. Or was that a hacker

      • Clint I noticed that the more posters are crytical of the FO, or of Money ball, the more their comments are put into Filtering!

  4. I like that’s there’s links to different articles. But I really wanted to like your podcast but it’s unbearable. Too much bs. If you’re trying to be funny you should take a lesson from Petros and Money. If you want to be direct and informative take a lesson from D.V.. but the Blue Heaven podcast is neither or.. to be honest I couldn’t get through 10mins. Good Luck on your next venture.

    • Hi Brandon. Sorry that the pod doesn’t hit for you. Understand that it’s very difficult to keep everyone happy on these type of shows. Still, we try our best to keep the content as fun and informative as we can without going too far into straight news or straight drivel.

      We’re not a traditional news show, we’re more like buddies talking Dodgers baseball with you at a bar. I hope you consider checking the live stream version of the show out some time — it’s a more complete experience, in my opinion.

      Appreciate your feedback!

  5. “Whatever the impact of the sign-stealing was, it could have changed who was in the World Series. It’s absolutely unclear that the Dodgers would have been World Series champion”. Actually it is absolutely clear that the Los Angeles Dodgers made it to the World Series over all other National League competition. The fact that the Dodgers were not swept indicates they probably would have won a “straight” World series. At least take the titles away from the Astro’s and Sox.

    • Tom – you make a great point. However, would the Astros have even made it to the WS in the first place if they played it straight all season? If not, then maybe it would have been NYY vs LA or someone else vs. LA. I personally think the Dodgers were the BEST team in the MLB in 2017, but you still have to consider the other teams in the AL that got screwed and whether or not they could have beaten the Dodgers. You are right – take away the titles from BOTH Astros and Sox, and at least ban Cora. While were at it, let Rose back in.

  6. MLB I HAVE THREE YOUNG CHILDREN AGES 7 TO 11 THEY ARE DESTROYED WITH THE ASTROS ORGANIZATION BUT SPECIALLY CONFUSED ON WHY “MLB DON’T TAKE THE RING AWAY?” THAT’S CHEATING THEY ASKED BECAUSE OF YOU I CAN’T FIND THE ANSWER YOU ARE WEAK, JUST LOST 4 FANS, I WILL CHANGE TO NBA OR NFL. SO SAD.
    SO NOW CHEATING IS NOT PUNISHED IN MLB BULL SH****

  7. Take the trophy from the Asterisks, but don’t award it to the Dodgers. That would be even worse. And the Asterisks, they can shove their trophy up their a****!!!!

    And the players getting no penalties. What garbage!! There needs to be a deterrent from doing this again, as an example, similar to the Black Sox. For the Black Sox, first time offense gets a lifetime ban from baseball basically prevents people from doing it again. Here, there needs to be a significant and first time deterrent. Otherwise, now you could have a few guys who don’t like their manager or GM and set up something just to see if it can get them suspended or fired with no penalty to the players. Wow, what a concept. What a way to kill a great game with the fans, too.

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