February 26, 2021

Rosenthal: For MLB to move on, Astros need to stop saying 2017 title was legit (The Athletic)


Time for the Astros to stop claiming their 2017 World Series title was legitimate. For owner Jim Crane, shortstop Carlos Correa and every other Astros person to stop saying they won the Series, as Correa put it to me in our interview on MLB Network on Saturday, “fair and square.”

Commissioner Rob Manfred laid waste to that assertion in his latest news conference on Tuesday night, citing “statements from players” as the basis of baseball’s finding that the Astros used their trash-can banging scheme during the 2017 postseason.

We’ll never know precisely the advantage the Astros gained. Which is why their accomplishments are forever in doubt.

If the Astros want to move on, they need to abandon the notion that the ‘17 World Series title was, to quote Correa again, a championship they “earned.” For the sport to move on, the entire Houston organization needs to finally admit that the trophy — that famous, quite meaningful piece of metal — was…

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