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Caught Red-Handed

Vanessa Morales

Posted on January 17, 2020 17:03

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MLB announces the final consensus of the Astros cheating scandal, but what does this mean for the future for the caught players and those who they played against?

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In an interview with ‘The Athletic’ former Astros’ pitcher Mike Fiers blew the whistle that the Astros had been sign-stealing through the aid of cameras in the outfield. When he sat with Ken Rosenthal and gave his statement in the article, MLB formally began an investigation. This was the year the Astros won the World Series back in 2017.

The Houston, Texas Astros were then investigated starting in November 2019, shortly after the article was published. The findings were announced on January 13th. They were punished with a $5 million fine, and lost their pickings for the first- and second-round drafts in 2020. Along with this, Manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow were given a one-year suspension from the league and were fired from the Astros organization.

This final outcome puts the end to the investigation for the Astros. The Boston Red Sox were also alleged to have been cheating using the same tactic and their investigation will soon come to a conclusion. Until then, we ask the question: what are the repercussions for the players? 

What does this mean for players? 

Stealing signs has always been a part of the game, it is a tactic coaches and players have used for generations. The use of cameras and relaying information to coaches is what crosses into cheating territory. This investigation can change how we view the methods of strategy in baseball. So, where do they go from here?

Well, many have argued that certain players should face a harsher punishment than others. Earlier this week a rumor began to spin on Twitter that a few players were wearing buzzers during games. These devices would buzz when the cameraman found a pitch that they could hit off of. No such device has been found, as this was under speculation but not a solid piece of evidence under the investigation. 

In any case, the players had some extent of knowledge of the cheating and were a huge part of why they won the World Series in 2017 when all this began. This situation should not be taken lightly; the players involved had a duty to play honestly and with dignity. Could this tarnish their reputation? In a short answer, yes, it could change how others, especially fans, view the players. Playing smart, playing hard is a part of any sport, but this is not what makes baseball fun, it’s what makes it a business. In their efforts to win they try to cut around corners in order to get that ring rather than earn that ring. 

It is not up to us, as fans, to decide the fate of the players. We just know that cheating should not be tolerated in MLB. 

Vanessa Morales

Posted on January 17, 2020 17:03

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