As more and more details trickle out about the extent of the Houston Astros sign stealing methods and machinations, it’s become pretty clear to any non-Houston baseball fan that the punishments handed down by MLB last month were far too light.
If you’ve stuck your head in the sand on this one, go ahead and catch up.
A @wsj report has exposed former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow as being a liar. Luhnow blamed Cora for the sign-stealing scandal when the front office already got the wheels rolling on the scheme in 2016...before Cora was in Houston.@Jared_Carrabis on the case: https://t.co/V5vCctgtgi pic.twitter.com/JCQMKXXhaP— Section 10 Podcast (@Section10Pod) February 8, 2020
Half a dozen members of the 2017 Astros spoke about Carlos Beltrán’s role in the clubhouse and the team’s sign-stealing scheme.— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) February 11, 2020
Details from @Ken_Rosenthal, @EvanDrellich & @MarcCarig ⤵️
As the Astros began Spring Training yesterday, the team held a press conference where, among other absurdities, owner Jim Crane continued to flex and posture and not show remorse for any wrong doing.
"So then what are you guys apologizing for?"— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 13, 2020
"We're apologizing because we broke the rules."
Astros owner Jim Crane and @MarlyRiveraESPN went back and forth during the team's news conference. pic.twitter.com/2hdR1sFGcd
And yeah, maybe this is why the punishment was a little to weak. Whats to stop any other team pic.twitter.com/v5XDI37rQa— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) February 13, 2020
The farce of Jim Crane and the mess that is the Houston Astros. Column: https://t.co/WkubAR9gny pic.twitter.com/q7CsH70Phz— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 14, 2020
Every day this past week, there’s been another player or two from all across the league being surprisingly outspoken about how upset they are with the Astros players who cheated. In a sport that almost never sees players calling out other players publicly in the press, it’s honestly been thrilling to see players openly expressing themselves on the subject, as they should! How will teams handle things the first time the Astros roll into town for a series this season? How will the league react to potential in-game retaliation or brawls? Me, right now:
So, yes, this is FanPost Friday after all, so here is a prompt!
Knowing what we know now about the extent of the cheating by the Astros, what punishment would you hand down if you were MLB Commissioner?
Let’s air it out. Think they got off way too light? Let’s hear your plan to nuke Orbit from orbit. Think the punishment was just fine? Sure, go off, stan. Either way, let’s hear all about it.
We’ll front page the best submissions over the weekend. Nonsensical Astros/AL West conspiracy theory rants welcome, too.