March 1, 2021

Aaron Judge on Astros’ 2017 title — ‘You cheated and you didn’t earn it’ (ESPN)

TAMPA Fla. — Aaron Judge did not mince words when addressing the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, saying the team should vacate the title and that players should have been punished.

“I just don’t think it holds any value with me. You cheated and you didn’t earn it,” the New York Yankees outfielder said of the 2017 World Series championship won by the Astros. “It wasn’t earned the way of playing the game right and fighting to the end. The biggest thing about competition is laying it all out on the line, and whoever’s the better player, better person, comes out on top. And to know that another team had an advantage — nothing that you can really guard against — I just don’t feel like that’s earned.”

Speaking after the Yankees finished their first full-squad workout Tuesday afternoon, Judge also addressed the comments made Friday by reigning National League MVP Cody Bellinger, who accused Astros All-Star second baseman José Altuve of stealing the American League MVP Award from Judge in 2017.

Judge confirmed that he deleted a social media post congratulating Altuve not long after…

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