LOS ANGELES - Baseball fans, both avid and casual, wondered how the Houston Astros could manhandle the Dodgers great pitchers Kershaw and Morrow in the 2017 World Series. Now we know. They cheated.
Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.” Boy, did the Astros embrace that advice! They set up a camera in center field to peer in on the Dodger’s catcher’s signals, watched from a monitor in the dugout then banged on a trash can with a bat to let the batter know if he was getting a fastball or a curve. And that’s cheating.
Major League Baseball came down hard on Houston on Monday. They fined the Astros $5 million dollars, took away first and second round draft choices for the next two years, and suspended both the Astros manager and General Manager for one year. The Astros owner then immediately fired both of the bums.
I applaud Major League Baseball’s tough actions. I would like to see them go after all the players who participated too – that would be appropriate – but there is one more thing Commissioner Rob Manfred must do. He can’t give the World Series Trophy to the Dodgers because they didn’t win it. But he certainly can take it away from the Astros and vacate their World Series win.
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I’m Bill Lamb, and that’s my Point of View.