Astros

Collin Jorgensen, Contributing Writer

The professionalism of the Major League Baseball Association was soiled last season when the Houston Astros perpetrated their prominent cheating scandal. The Astros carried out this scheme by illegally stealing signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. They stole the signs by using the center-field camera feed to steal opponents’ signs. 

Many players have weighed their opinion on the matter including players from the National Basketball Association. Some people are apologizing, some are venting, and some are getting defensive. During a news conference, the owner of the Astros Jim Crane offered an apology.

“I want to say again how sorry our team is for what happened. I want to repeat this will never happen again on my watch”, he said. He also added, “This didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the world series.”

As you can imagine, many people were not happy about what had occurred and many of them spoke up about the fore-going situation. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo had this to say:

“The commissioner did an investigation and found that they cheated in 2017 and 2018. Somebody has got to say the word over there: cheated. That’s important to me.”

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant added “They’re only doing this apology because they got caught … It’s really a disgrace to the game.”

The most important quote I have heard and the one I agree with the most is from the Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. “Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be Fucking irate.”

Many more were critical of the situation, similar to the countless number of reactions. The Astros cheating scandal only seems to get nuttier and nuttier.

Jose Altuve, perennial all-star of the Houston Astros was booed during the first of many spring games since the scandal. Many of the players were “unintentionally” hit during any of the grapefruit games. 

As we push through 2020 spring training, the cheating scandal of the Astros appears inescapable. The Astros did not let many star players take part in any of their first spring games, but when they played against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, new manager Dusty Baker came up with a new lineup that shows most of Houston’s star players, including Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa.

Altuve was the first of the Astros familiar players to step in the batter’s box ever since the cheating scandal, and we have seen a bit of a glimpse of how things are going to go. Altuve’s welcome was not warm.

While the Astros can not seem to shake the hate cast onto them for these heinous crimes, there is possibly a similar situation Red Sox bound. The Red Sox are undergoing similar investigation for the same exact thing during the 2018 season. It is apparent that the Astros have to wear this for the remainder for the season, and the Red Sox may be in the same boat right along with them.