Sports Cody Bellinger unloads on Astros for ‘weak’ apology, stealing trophies
LeBron: MLB's Manfred needs to listen to players' Astros ire
LOS ANGELES — LeBron James is stepping to the plate for ballplayers furious over baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred's handling of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam. The four-time NBA MVP and star with the Los Angeles Lakers unleashed in two tweets Tuesday, echoing calls for harsher punishments made by baseball stars Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, among others. “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 ... irate!" James tweeted. “I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your.....
Cody Bellinger was one of the first people to speak out against the Houston Astros after Major League Baseball confirmed that the 2017 World Series champions cheated their way to a title, and Bellinger feels no differently about the situation a month later. If anything, the Los Angeles Dodgers star has gotten more angry.
Bellinger was asked on Friday aboutthe day before, and he said he found Houston owner Jim Crane’s comments to be “weak.” Bellinger also called it “wild” that Crane said the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme .
Blue Jays Bichette thinks Astros players should pay for sign-stealing scandal
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Bo Bichette isn't satisfied with the way Major League Baseball has handled the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. The cheating itself came as less of a shock to him. "Cheating is cheating, people are going to do it but when there are no consequences for it, that's probably a problem," the Blue Jays shortstop said Saturday at Toronto's spring training facility. "People do things they regret. But when you get away with it, it just becomes a bit bigger than it is. We'll move on from it, but it's a tough pill to swallow.
"They're not saying that they're cheating. They never said 'No' to the buzzers. They always just said the commissioner's report. It's kind of bizarre what's been going on over there. We listened to that and the guy said it wasn't impacting the game — are you kidding me?"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr)
Bellinger also took aim at Jose Altuve, whom he accused of stealing an MVP Award away from New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge in 2017. Bellinger then said the Astros stole a World Series title away from the Dodgers that year and that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s punishment was not adequate.
Bellinger: "I thought Manfred's punishment was weak, giving them immunity. I mean these guys were cheating for three years. I think what people don't realize is Altuve stole an MVP from Judge in '17. Everyone knows they stole the ring from us."
Trout 'lost respect' for Astros players, thinks punishment wasn't enough
Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout didn't hold back when discussing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal on Monday. "They cheated," Trout said, according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. "I don't agree with the punishment I lost respect for some of those guys." While former Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and skipper AJ Hinch were suspended by Major League Baseball - and subsequently fired - no Astros players will be punished by the league. Trout added that Houston's hitters had gained a substantial advantage by stealing signs."Going up to the plate knowing what's coming ... that would be a lot of fun," he said.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo)
While there has been no evidence that the Astros wore buzzers so signs could be relayed to them, Bellinger clearly finds the denials from Houston players hard to believe. He said theafter the second baseman hit a game-winning home run off Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman “makes zero sense to me.”
Bellinger on the video that circulated apparently showing Jose Altuve telling his teammates not to rip off his jersey after his walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo)
Obviously, Bellinger and the Dodgers feel a lot more strongly about the Astros’ cheating than many others. They lost to Houston in seven games, which makes the sign stealing even tougher to swallow. Mix in theand there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the 2017 World Series. You can’t blame Bellinger for being so fired up.
Steinbrenner wonders 'what if?' Yanks feel cheated by Astros .
ORLANDO, Fla. — New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner understands why his players feel cheated by the Houston Astros. If Houston had not been using a video camera to steal opposing catcher's signs in 2017, maybe the Yankees would have won the AL Championship Series instead of losing to the Astros in seven games. “When the report came out, I was as upset as anyone,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday at the baseball owners meeting. “Clearly, there were direct implications to my organization, our team, our 2017 team. But at some point I think we all for the sake of the game and the good of the game, need to move on.”Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a report on Jan.