Sport 5 better ways to punish the Astros than MLB pitchers throwing at them
Dusty Baker: MLB needs to stop talk of retaliation against Astros
Astros manager Dusty Baker pleaded with Major League Baseball to somehow cease the comments and stop any “premeditated retaliation.” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. watches pitchers throw off the mound during the second day of the Houston Astros spring training workouts at the Fitteam Ballpark of The Palm Beaches, in West Palm Beach , Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.
It was sadly inevitable from the moment the Houston Astros were
This sort of self-policing isn’t the right way to go. Someone is going to get injured — perhaps really badly — because of it, which isn’t the kind of revenge you want for cheating that went on in a game. Plus, it’s backwards: you want to beat the Astros, and putting a man on first against an offense that might be elite even without all that sign-stealing is the wrong way to get that result.
Sure, the Astros could retaliate to the retaliation and, but my train of thought here is more on how opponents can express their anger without it turning into a beanball-fest that sends a player to the injured list for months or ends a career.
Rob Manfred: Astros Continued Sign Stealing Scheme During 2017 Postseason
Rob Manfred continues to discuss the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal and he dropped some more information on Tuesday. Specifically, he claimed the Astros continued their trash-can banging scheme during the 2017 postseason, which contradicted Carlos Correa's claim that the team stopped using the system during the postseason. Here's what Manfred said on Tuesday: Rob Manfred says the trashcan banging did continue on in the 2017 playoffs, contrary to what a certain Astros shortstop said to the media. pic.twitter.
So here are some other ideas, some of which are already in play during spring training:
1. Fans will punish the players themselves
This is already happening.
Imagine going to work almost every day and having 20,000 people boo and heckle loudly while you’re trying to do your job. That’s what the Astros will face on the road, and I’d venture to say they might hear some of that at home, too.
2. Call players out on social media or in interviews
This is also happening now.
3. MLB players not on the Astros should find a way to collectively show their anger
Here’s an idea: before every first pitch of a series, the team facing the Astros, while in the field, turns its backs on the leadoff hitter before he steps into the box for a full minute. Then, play ball. More powerful than you think, less petty than a broken elbow.
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4. Take the money that will probably come out of your paycheckand donate it to charity
Let’s take a negative and turn it into a positive.
5. Allow teams to steal signs from the Astros (but ONLY from the Astros)
You want to go eye-for-an-eye? Here you go! Seriously though, there’s NO WAY this would ever happen, but it’d be hilarious if it did, right?MORE:
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Collin McHugh says Astros pitchers felt powerless to stop sign stealing: 'I don't know what we could have done' .
New Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh gave some insight into how pitchers on the 2017 Houston Astros felt about the team’s sign-stealing scandal. If McHugh is to be believed, pitchers on the team believed they couldn’t stop Astros’ hitters from stealing signs. McHugh, 32, also noted that Astros pitchers didn’t do much because they believed other teams were using the same methods to steal the Astros’ signs, according to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.New #RedSox pitcher Collin McHugh said it was "really awkward" for pitchers on the 2017 Astros as their hitters stole signs.Interesting comments here: pic.twitter.
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