One of the biggest scandals in MLB history belongs to the Houston Astros. In 2017, the Astros were able to find a way to take sign-stealing to a whole new level. This team would go as far as using electronics to get a glimpse of the catcher and figure out what pitch would be next up for the batter. Then the players who knew the pitch would bang on trash cans or whistle to let their batters know what pitches are coming to them. It is also worth mentioning that this is not the only year the team did this. This was just the year they got caught.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2019
Why is this so frustrating for not only Dodgers fans, but the Dodgers organization?
Well, this was the same year the Dodgers and Astros faced off in the World Series and many fans feel like they had a World Series ripped right out of their hands. So, have the Astros had enough consequences? Well, in short, the answer is no, but you can be the judge of that.
For Dodgers fans, the only consequence the Astros really got from this scandal is that they now have an unofficial asterisk next to their World Series win.
Here is what Cody Bellinger had to say about it last year.
You can see how visibly pissed Cody Bellinger is when talking about the Astros pic.twitter.com/QUXiNwzbxd
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) February 14, 2020
The Astros cheated and the public has been waiting for punishment that results in the stripping of their title.
Two things help this Astros situation go to bed:
1. Rob Manfred and MLB begrudgingly strip Houston of the 2017 title & piece of metal.
2. Players from the 2017 Astros hold a presser where they hand back their rings.
Neither will happen so stay tuned for even more Astro fun!
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) February 19, 2020
Although that has not happened, last year the MLB did give the Astros some harder punishments with their GM and Manager suspended, plus a $5 million fine, and a loss of their 1st and 2nd draft picks for 2020 and 2021. The MLB and the commissioner Rob Manfred decided not to have individual players face any consequences.
Now, what made this whole debacle worse (in the opinion of many) is how several key Astros
cheaters players acted after the punishment was handed down.
Overall, the animosity the Astros created against the entire MLB will not die down anytime soon, especially not for Dodgers fans.