Post by Brian on Feb 23, 2020 0:37:45 GMT -8
I've been following the scandal since it broke in November. We will still be talking about it next November. This is different than individual players using performance enhancing drugs, which were legal in baseball until this century. The electronic system that the Astros devised in 2017 to steal catchers' signs to opposing pitchers was a team effort involving Astros players, stadium staff and coaches with the acquiescence of the manager and ownership. They cheated during the pivotal home games in their World Series victory over my Dodgers.
I think that the Astros should get to keep the championship in the record book -- where the Reds still prevail over the Black Sox in 1919 -- and which has never had any asterisks. But the team should return the trophy, and the players should return their championship rings and bonuses.
Meanwhile, we await the baseball commissioner's long delayed report about the Red Sox stealing signs illegally in 2018. The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in that season's World Series. Former Dodger second baseman Alex Cora, one of my all time favorite players at that position, was implicated in the 2017 commissioner's report as an Astros coach. Alex went on to manage the Red Sox in 2018.
In the 1980's, author Bill James reinvented statistics in his Baseball Abstracts while Oakland A's manager Tony La Russa was introducing the laptop computer to a dugout. Now players are ruled by data. Small wonder that they turned the instruments of technology that enslaved them -- the computers and the cameras -- into weapons against their opponents on the field to gain an unfair advantage.