PORT ST. LUCIE — I hope no pitcher who feels wronged by the Astros literally takes the matter into his own hands.
There is real potential for this. The anger toward what Houston players did at least in 2017 to illegally steal signs and the lack of punishment levied at them by the Commissioners Office has left MLB personnel across the major league landscape furious. I cannot remember any other issue in major league history that created this kind of on-the-record wrath, especially among players.
Not steroid users. Not A-Rod on a variety of issues. In spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, these Astros are having their accomplishments — team and individual — vilified, their morality questioned and their status downgraded. By their peers.
Could anger bubble into members of the 2017 Astros being targeted by pitchers who want to exact revenge for themselves or friends wronged by what occurred that season.
“I certainly hope not,” Houston ace Justin Verlander said Thursday when asked if he thinks pitchers will retaliate. He added, “The commissioner has been clear in the past that is not an appropriate form of retribution. I would hope that stands to reason…