Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Daniel Johnson, along with three other Cleveland prospects, attended the Rookie Career Development Program in Miami.
What an asinine question. A title isn’t worth undermining the entire sport. On the other hand, with MLB’s botched handling of this whole thing, I don’t know what’s stopping every other team from doing the exact same thing that Houston did.
Around the league
- If you haven’t heard, the Houston Astros were given some
slaps on the wristspunishments for sign stealing and cheating during the 2017 regular season and postseason.
- Following the 1-year suspension of GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch, Astros’ owner Jim Crane fired them both.
- The full list of “punishments” were tweeted out by Ken Rosenthal:
BREAKING: Per sources, MLB’s penalties for #Astros include:— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 13, 2020
*One-year suspensions for GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch.
*Losses of 1st and 2nd round draft picks in both 2020 and ‘21.
*A fine of $5M.
Full story and more context with @EvanDrellich: https://t.co/djvKEYFiC7
- More Twitter takes from the fallout of the Astros’ scandal:
Asked if the sign stealing revelations taint the World Series title, Astros owner Jim Crane says, "absolutely not," which is obviously a laughable answer.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) January 13, 2020
Worth noting, some rival execs still don't think Astros have been punished enough today.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) January 13, 2020
Me looking at my slightly above-average career stats today knowing that I did it the right way. pic.twitter.com/xqxut0hg1w— Trevor Plouffe (@trevorplouffe) January 13, 2020
I’d like my career numbers against Altuve, Springer, and Correa erased from the record books. Seriously though, it’s bad. Can they do that?— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) January 13, 2020
Cora arranged for a video room technician to install a monitor displaying the center field camera feed immediately outside of the Astros’ dugout.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 13, 2020
Of all the things in MLB's investigation and Rob Manfred's nine-page letter, this might be the most damning.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 13, 2020
The Astros, who won the 2017 World Series, used their sign-stealing scheme that postseason. pic.twitter.com/nnSj1P2k7D
No players were disciplined by Major League Baseball in the Astros' investigation. While Mets manager Carlos Beltran was part of it, he was a player at the time and thus was not suspended.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 13, 2020
Discipline for Red Sox manager Alex Cora is coming. It is going to be harsh, per sources.
From the report: "Some Astros players told my investigators that they did not believe the sign-stealing scheme was effective, and it was more distracting than useful to hitters." So... why would they keep doing it?— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 13, 2020
Beltran fully cooperated with investigation and admitted to everything.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) January 13, 2020
Pine tar, firm grip, Coca Cola boiled/melted together in a metal coke can. And maybe some rosin. Just a guess though https://t.co/BPlxQG9ojf— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) January 14, 2020
I wonder how Noel is doing today pic.twitter.com/vWIuYl77tM— Let's Go Tribe (@LetsGoTribe) January 13, 2020
Any minute now Justin Verlander is going to come out and condemn this horrific cheating scandal. He's a good guy, you know. Hates cheaters. All of them.— Let's Go Tribe (@LetsGoTribe) January 13, 2020