MLB: Is the punishment worth it?

For all you baseball fans out there - the MLB just handed down their punishment for the Astros stealing signs in 2017. The highlights are:

-AJ Hinch and Jeff Lunhow suspended for the year (Astros owner just fired both)
-Fine of $5 million
-Loss of 1st and 2nd round picks for next two years

Also rumored that the Red Sox may be in similar trouble. Ultimately, I have to ask though, does the average fan care if their team gets caught cheating to win a world series?

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Jan 14, 2020

For reference, the Braves lost 13 prospects and their GM got banned for life with the international prospect cheating scandal. Not saying that the Braves punishment wasn't justified, but the Astros came out scot-free on this one.

Imagine giving up 4 prospects and a utilityman's salary for a year for a WS and MLB relevancy. Easiest trade in a heartbeat. Houston was a clown organization after the Oswalt-Berkman-Clemens and wasn't close to relevancy until 2017.

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Jan 14, 2020

I agree that while the penalty was "apparently" harsh, it could have been a lot worse. As far as I know, no players were reprimanded for their actions. I assume that some of the players took part in the scandal as well. For me, cheating to win is a serious offense, as it taints baseball and the Astros reputation. I am not sure where this one stacks up compared to players using steroids or Pete Rose betting on baseball. For me, this issue is worse than Rose betting on baseball, as it diminishes the integrity of the game. I think the MLB should have sent an even stronger message with penalties. Perhaps, there should have been life time bans, or if the players were involved, they should have been fined and/suspended.

I know there are some people who will say it is not a big deal because other teams do the same thing and if the goal is to win, you should do anything to achieve the goal. I disagree. For me, if you have to cheat to win, it takes away from your accomplishment.

Edit: I just read that the players were granted immunity for their testimony.

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Jan 15, 2020

Yea, MLB said they didn't have the bandwidth to go after players. It would be tough to determine who cheated and who had a great year. Guess its better to get the testimony.

Jan 14, 2020
DisgruntledAppraiser:

does the average fan care if their team gets caught cheating to win a world series?

dunno what an average fan is, but I absolutely care. it's not as bad as fixing a game (like the black sox scandal) but it's worse than steroids (which I have no issue with personally).

good on houstons owner for acting quickly

Jan 14, 2020

Fuck the MLB. Astros world series champs 2017 and we're going to get a revenge championship next season.

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Jan 14, 2020

1) Steroids should be legal
2) Let Pete Rose back in
3) Allow chewing tobbaco again

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn
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Jan 14, 2020
Yankee Doodle:

3) Allow chewing tobbaco again

you really think players don't do this?

Jan 14, 2020

MLB is trying to ban it and officially doesn't let new players do it.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn
Jan 15, 2020
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