After insisting last week that he wasn’t angry about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, former Yankees manager Joe Girardi now believes there won’t be a deterrent for players to stop the practice as long as MLB doesn’t punish them for cheating.
“There’s some people that lost their jobs that really were the people that had to pay for it, but there were a lot more people involved,” the current Phillies skipper said Wednesday morning on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo Show.”
“The financial gains for the players are substantial, if they have big seasons because of this. So if there’s no punishment for them, I’m not sure that it stops.”
Girardi was fired by the Yankees less than one week after their Game 7 ALCS loss in Houston in 2017 and served as a television analyst last season before he was hired by Philadelphia in October.
Girardi also compared the lack of punishment meted out by commissioner Rob Manfred to the Houston players involved in the sign-stealing scheme to the steroids era from his playing days.
“The financial gains, similar to the steroid era, it’s very similar,” Girardi said. “If you know what (pitches are) coming and you have a…