June 22, 2021

Cheating Astros ‘stole the ring from us’ (New York Post)

The apologies weren’t nearly enough for Cody Bellinger.

The Dodgers’ star slugger responded a day after Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and most of the Astros players offered up mealy-mouthed regrets over the cheating scandal that rocked MLB.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, who handed down punishments to the franchise, was not spared, either.

“I thought Manfred’s punishment was weak, giving them immunity,” he said, according to the LA Times. “I mean these guys were cheating for three years. I think what people don’t realize is Altuve stole an MVP from [Yankees outfielder Aaron] Judge in ’17. Everyone knows they stole the ring from us.”

The Astros’ 2017 World Series run concluded with a Game 7 win over the Dodgers in Bellinger’s rookie season. Manfred doesn’t plan on changing the record books and Crane was adamant that the sign-stealing scheme “didn’t impact the game.”

Bellinger, last season’s National League MVP, furthered his attack on the Astros by questioning Jose Altuve’s game-winning home run in the 2019 ALCS. Altuve denied on Thursday that it was aided by the use of a buzzer, as some have suggested thanks to his odd celebration which…

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