The Astros locker room appears messier than those infamous trash cans.
“It’s a (expletive) mess,” an unnamed player told MLB Network of the clubhouse on Tuesday, as the team remains mired in one of the darkest cheating scandals to hit baseball.
Count this “mess” as an unofficial punishment for Astros players, who were granted immunity by the league in exchange for providing information on the electronic sign-stealing scheme, which at one point was centered around banging trash cans to help relay opponents’ signs.
The decision not to penalize any players has turned Rob Manfred into baseball’s Enemy No. 2, not far behind the Houston players, with stars across the league and fans calling on the commissioner to come down harder on the Astros.
“I understand people’s desire to have the players pay a price for what went on here,” Manfred recently told ESPN. “I think if you watch the players, watch their faces when they have to deal with this issue publicly, they have paid a price.”
MLB fined the Astros $5 million and stripped them of four draft picks. The league also suspended manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow one year each– both of…