by Pete Janny, Sports Editor
This last week was a historic week for Major League Baseball as three managers around the league lost their jobs due to their involvement in a sign-stealing scheme that dates back to the 2017 Houston Astros. Adding to the egregiousness of their scandalous behavior, Houston went on to win the World Series in 2017 over the Los Angeles Dodgers with the help of stealing signs technologically. Throughout the investigation process, some baseball fans urged the MLB to void Houston of their 2017 title. However, the league responded by not stripping them of their title; and instead chose to punish them by taking away draft picks and spending money. In addition, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were handed one-year suspensions from the league before the Astros decided to just fire them anyways for their roles in the scheme. Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 before being hired by the Red Sox after that season, is said to have played a prominent role in devising the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing system. The news of his heavy involvement prompted the Red Sox and Cora to mutually part ways a few days after Houston decided to fire Hinch and Luhnow. The third victim of the scandal was Carlos Beltran, a player on that 2017 Astros’ team that was said to have spearheaded the operation with Cora. After being hired as the New York Mets manager on November 1st, the Mets felt the need to fire Beltran due to the overwhelming evidence against him and made in official in January 16th. The Quad spoke with a Mets fan and two Yankees fans to get their reactions to arguably the biggest scandal in Major League Baseball since the Black Sox Scandal in 1919.
Interviews Compiled by: Pete Janny
Favorite team: Mets
Was the Astros punishment harsh enough?
“The punishment wasn’t harsh enough based on previous punishments like the Pete Rose one in which he was banned from baseball. Losing first and second round picks stink, but that’s not enough considering they won a World Series because of it.”
So should they take away the Astros’ 2017 World Series Title?
“They shouldn’t take it away but there needs to be a harsher punishment.”
Is it hard to look at the 2017 Astros in the same way now?
Even though they are a great team, it definitely hurts what everyone has thought of them.
How does this affect your favorite team the Mets and was it the right move to fire Beltran?
It was the right move to fire him because you just don’t want to deal with any of this going into the season.
Will cheating be a problem in all sports going forward because of the constant improvements in technology?
“I don’t think it will be a problem because I think MLB now realized they might not have been harsh enough. So if it does happen again, I think it will definitely be more harsh the next time. All the teams and players moving forward will now realize the greater punishments that can come about.”
Favorite team: Yankees
Was the Astros’ punishment enough?
I think it was definitely in the right direction. There’s really not much you can do to punish the players.
Do you think the 2017 title should be taken away?
“I think if they are going to take it away, they have to replay it.”
As a Yankees fan, do you feel your team was cheated out of winning a championship back in 2017?
“They were definitely cheated out of it but really every team is cheated out of it in a way”
Do you think this will be the Yankees’ year to win it all after what has happened to both the Astros and Red Sox?
They’re getting closer so I think it can definitely be their year.
Can you see cheating continue in sports with the rise of technology?
Teams are definitely on the watch now, but because of technology, I think there will still be ways for teams to cheat moving forward.
Favorite team: Yankees
Was the punishment given to the Astros harsh enough?
“From what I’ve read, it seems like the punishment was fair.
Should Cora, Hinch, and Beltran be banned from baseball?
If anyone were to be banned, I think it would be Cora.
Should any other players in addition to be Beltran be punished?
They obviously knew it was going on so yes I do think they should be punished in some way. They should’ve at least stepped up and admitted to cheating.
Should the 2017 title be taken away?
“That’s tough because it definitely wasn’t won legitimately. In a lot of ways it would set a bad example to let them keep it despite cheating. It’s not fair to those who played by the rules.”
Will cheating continue in sports?
Quite honestly I think this may only increase cheating. If teams don’t view the Astros’ punishment as harsh enough, they may feel comfortable cheating knowing that they wouldn’t have to lose their World Series title. Cheaters will always cheat until they get caught.”