Astros: Chris Sale latest MLB player to speak out about cheating

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The Astros’ sign stealing scandal hit Twitter again Monday with Chris Sale and Josh Reddick being the bigger names in discussion.

Five years ago, Major League Baseball was brought to light with the Houston Astros‘ sign stealing scandal. While most fans and media have moved on after the 2021 booing tour, the media elites and the old stalwart teams drag on.

The big cities of New York, Boston and Los Angeles cannot get over the fact that the Astros are the 2017 World Series champions, and let’s not forget the team split the series in Los Angeles, winning two of four including Game 7 in Dodger Stadium.

The biggest fact that is missing from all the reporting and commenting by ESPN’s Buster Olney and New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is that all those same cities have been rumored to cheating in a similar fashion.

Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale was asked about the “tainted” 2017 title and said point blank, “I know for a fact other teams were (cheating).”

Sale continued on his WEEI 93.7 FM Boston interview to say to those still harping on the cheating scandal to “check the mirror” and make sure their team wasn’t doing something they weren’t supposed to either.

Sale is now saying this out loud and acknowledging what MLB and team owners and players have known all along that many teams cheated, not just the Astros.

He went on to say of course it was wrong and shouldn’t have been done, but everyone was doing it which is a big statement coming from a player when most other comments that players have made claimed that the Astros were the only ones.

Now let’s get real, the Carlos Beltran story tells it all in as much that the Astros were actually behind the times than other big clubs like his former Yankees squad, who had already been caught that season using the media room next to the dugout.

Further, former Astros have pointed out how Olney’s recent comment only points out Tony Kemp as the honest man who didn’t cheat. Josh Reddick blasted him on Twitter, as he should have to support himself and Jose Altuve, who also did not use the method.

Altuve, in particular, has been the subject of so much vigor and hatred from this with lazy tweets regarding his jersey and even calling into question the 2019 Astros World Series run as illegitimate.

All-in-all, the baseball world needs to just get back to playing the game and enjoying the summer sport that has lasted for ages as America’s game and not rewrite history every season to make the Astros out to be the Chicago Black Sox of the 21st century.

Here are the indisputable facts of the Astros teams from 2017 to present, and I will leave plenty out but but here’s the bottom line, the Astros have been one of the best teams in baseball for the past five years and beyond.

Now if Cashman and other haters want to dispute that without crying cheaters, then let’s talk. Let’s look at why the Astros won and not just a rumor, the team had top-rated players, fantastic coaches and probably the best pitching coach of his time, Brent Strom, who made good pitchers great.

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Every team needs a little luck and a whole lot of talent to win it all, and in 2017, the Astros got hot at the right time, but the 2019 Washington Nationals and the 2021 Atlanta Braves were on a better streak. That’s baseball folks, let’s move on.