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Dodgers News: Yu Darvish Responds to Astros Cheating Allegations

Darvish was a key member of the Dodgers demise in the 2017 World Series.

Yu Darvish is certainly a character online. He is amongst the best follows on Twitter around the league and showed why on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, a column from The Athletic came out with the help of former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers that shed light on the possibility that the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 season. They have been accused of utilizing electronic sign stealing to gain a competitive advantage throughout the 2017 campaign and Fiers attested to it.

Darvish was a key member of the Dodgers’ force in 2017, looking great in the NLDS against the Diamondbacks and NLCS against the Cubs. He was then torn apart in the World Series. He went from arguably the best pitcher in the 2017 postseason to undoubtedly the worst. He allowed eight earned runs across 3 1/3 innings pitched in his two dreadful starts for the Dodgers in the World Series. Unsurprisingly, the Dodgers won neither of them.

Upon seeing this news, Darvish took to Twitter:

It is thoroughly possible that Darvish was a victim of the Astros practically cheating to gain an edge. At this time, it is unknown if the Astros utilized this strategy in the playoffs, but there certainly is a possibility.

He also decided to respond to numerous fans on Twitter taking the blame for the Dodgers’ World Series loss:

He also responded to one of Dodgers Nation’s tweets regarding the situation:

Darvish continues to be a very likable person on and off the field. Despite his struggles in the World Series for the Dodgers, it is pretty respectable to see him take the blame for the loss like that even though it is not even close to being entirely on him.

Overall, we simply might never know if the outcome of the World Series was truly impacted. We probably won’t ever know if the weight still falls on Yu Darvish’s shoulders. Still, 2017 stings badly.

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. Really bothersome to think that Houston won the WS in 2017 by cheating. The heat was on and Washington won this year,so good for them. I doubt the commissioner will do anything.

  2. Oh I believe it. The Dodgers weren’t tipping pitches and the Astros weren’t reading any body motions. The Astros pretended to be able to read the pitcher’s body motions to cover for their cheating. That’s why they acted as if they were sharing clues to the pitcher’s actions in the dugout for the cameras to see. It was to cover the fact that they were spotting the signs. They pretended to be keen on pitch tipping this year too. Complete b.s. They even had the announcers impressed by their ability to pick up on subtle clues from the pitchers. It’s called cheating.

  3. This is definitely an eye opener about the Astro team now they have been exposed about their cheating tactics every MLB team that plays against them will keep a close eye on them from now on shame on them they are disgrace to MLB.

  4. 2017 World Series Game 7 was a home game for the Dodgers, Astros could only steal signs via their own video camera zooming at the catcher, they could only do that in their own stadium. So regardless Darvish still lost Game 7.

    • The Series never should of gone 7 games to begin with…. That is the whole point. dont be dumb matt

      • If the Dodgers were that good, they would have beaten the Astros handily stealing signs or not. The fact is the Astros were a better team, don’t be a moron to your mother Frankie boy.

  5. “it is not even close to being entirely on him”………Well………..it was his fault……….along with Dave Roberts for not realizing that Alex Wood was the better choice to start game seven……….

  6. Astros made a big mistake in 2017 world series.Soon they will learn from it and pay for it.I seen the same thing 2019 post season.Shame on you astros.

    • Have fun winning 75 games for years to come and crying for the Bochy days while everyone complains about Kapler

  7. And who managed the Red Sox in the W.S. The following year against the Dodgers? Alex Cora, bench coach of the 2017 Astros. Were similar tactics employed by them?
    Interesting

  8. The problem is the precedent has been set by the NFL with the cheating Patriots, a slap on the wrist. Houston would only get a slap on the wrist. It has and will always be worth it to cheat. It’s about time cheating teams be made to vacate all their victories and silverware. No team owner want that, may be everyone cheat.

  9. MLB to stop any cheating? Lololol. Manfred want to have a MLB team in Mexico. So much for fighting corruption .

  10. I just hate it when I’m read a story on my Dodgers and then I get interrupted by a bunch of pop up adds… It makes your sight look like Mickey mouse…can you fix the pop up adds at in between your stories???

  11. Want a real bombshell? I called Andrew Friedman before Game 7, as I am a huge Dodger fan and had a buddy who worked for the Astros. My friend told me the Astros were using Technology to steal signs….I remember he told me about Morrow Pitching especially, Astros lit him up like a xmas tree and nobody did that to him all year. Kershaw had every single pitch he threw in Houston they knew was coming. So, someone from the Dodgers called me back, I told them, I also told them they had their signs, to do something about it before game 7, the guy kind of blew me off like I was some crazy fan….Well, a few pitches into the game, it was obvious the Dodgers did nothing about he signs. His pitching was not bad, his location was good they were all over every pitch he thrown. For Friedman to come out now and act like he did not know is b.s. I left a message on his voicemail and he did have someone call me back. I kept proof of the call, the Dodgers Fans, if they ever knew that Friedman knew and did nothing, they would have his head. I turned off the World Series after inning 2 of game 7. In my opinion, the Astros should be stripped of the Title, that would be only fair.

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