Earlier this month, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) introduced House Resolution 74 to condemn the Houston Astros for their alleged sign-stealing in the 2017 season. HR 74 requests that in addition to the penalties already imposed, the commissioner of Major League Baseball remove the 2017 World Series title from the Houston Astros, impose penalties or fines against players on the 2017 Astros team found to be complicit, and calls upon the commissioner of MLB to require Houston Astros owner Jim Crane to publicly apologize.
“Lies and dishonesty have become so pervasive in American culture that one may think cheating, not baseball, is the national pastime,” Bloom said. “Professional ballplayers and teams are looked up to by children and should behave accordingly. Likewise, when their behavior is egregious, they should be held accountable.”
During the 2017 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers won an historic 104 regular season games – the most in baseball – and reached their first World Series since 1988, facing off against the American League champion Houston Astros, who defeated the Dodgers four games to three to win their first World Series in franchise history.
After former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic that the Astros stole signs during the 2017 season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s investigation revealed that the Houston Astros used cameras and video monitors to steal the signs of opposing catchers at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, then signaled those signs to their hitters before pitches throughout the 2017 regular season and playoffs. The report also reveals that virtually all of the Astros’ players had some involvement or knowledge of the scheme and that most of the position players on the 2017 team either received sign information from the banging scheme or participated in the scheme.
On Jan. 13, Manfred announced the Astros’ punishment, which includes a year-long suspension of Manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow, a $5,000,000 fine, and stripping the Astros of their first-and-second round draft picks for the next two years. Hinch and Luhnow were subsequently fired.
“When an entire team is involved in cheating, each member should bear the consequence. So far, there has been zero accountability from the Houston Astros organization nor the players … Fans across the country, including those in Houston who shell out their hard-earned money to watch games, deserve better,” Bloom said.
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