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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Astros owner Jim Crane says MLB ‘exonerated’ him in sign-stealing investigation

Astros owner Jim Crane claims MLB’s investigation into the team’s sign-stealing “explicitly exonerated” him. Crane made the claim in a legal filing in response to a lawsuit brought by former MLB pitcher Mike Bolsinger against Crane and the team. Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic reports that Crane’s filing is an attempt to avoid being deposed and either dismiss the case outright or move it to Texas from California.

Per Kaplan, the relevant part of Crane’s filing reads: “I was not involved in any alleged rules violations by the Astros. Major League Baseball conducted an investigation into potential rules violations by the Astros. That report explicitly exonerated me and stated that I was unaware of and had no involvement in any rules violations by the Astros.”

In MLB’s report, commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in part: “At the outset, I also can say our investigation revealed absolutely no evidence that Jim Crane, the owner of the Astros, was aware of any of the conduct described in this report. Crane is extraordinarily troubled and upset by the conduct of members of his organization, fully supported my investigation, and provided unfettered access to any and all information requested.”

Jim Crane then claimed that wearing a tin-foil hat could keep his many enemies from reading his thoughts, and that he had a right to wear that everywhere he went…..

QLE Posted: April 01, 2020 at 12:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, jim crane, lawsuits

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Houston Astros 2017 World Series Champ Evan Gattis Takes Shot at Mike Fiers With Twitter Photo

Mike Fiers knew he’d face criticism from his former Houston Astros teammates, but he just couldn’t continue living a lie. This winter, Fiers revealed to The Athletic that the Astros illegally stole signs via cameras and trash cans during the 2017 season. As everyone knows, that was the very year Houston won the World Series. The end result saw the MLB find the Astros guilty of these claims, and those very players go on the defensive against Fiers.

Take Evan Gattis for example. The retired MLB catcher was on the 2017 Astros team that netted him his first ever World Series ring, albeit tainted.

On Friday, Gattis posted a photo of a Fiers-inspired Pilsner glass he purchased from Houston sports bar, The Flying Saucer. That glass had Fiers’ likeness on it with the quote “Snitches Get Stitches” underneath.

Charming fellow, isn’t he?


QLE Posted: March 28, 2020 at 12:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: code of silence, dirty rotten cheaters, evan gattis, mike fiers

Friday, March 27, 2020

Astros request a new judge to hear lawsuit filed by pitcher Mike Bolsinger

Before Mike Bolsinger could ask a court to decide whether the Houston Astros played fair with him, the Astros claimed the judge could not play fair with them.

Bolsinger, a former Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, sued the Astros and owner Jim Crane in Los Angeles County Superior Court last month, arguing the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme resulted in a pitching performance so poor that he has been unable to find another job.

The Astros have not yet filed a response to Bolsinger’s claim. But Harry Mittleman, one of the defense attorneys, this week submitted a declaration saying the Astros did not believe Crane and the Astros could have a “fair and impartial trial” before Malcolm Mackey, the judge assigned to hear the case.

Mackey, 90, was first elected to the Superior Court in 1988.

Makes their comments of the other day sound rather hollow, doesn’t it?


QLE Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, lawsuits, mike bolsinger

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Hoping for a Better Baseball Future

Remember when the whole world was angry at the Houston Astros for stealing signs? They wanted them to give back their World Series title, their championship rings, their postseason money.

One day in spring training, I watched the Astros play in a half-empty ballpark against the Marlins on what was senior day, sponsored by a local hospital. Even then, the fans were all over José Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer: profanity, snark, outrage. It seemed to me this was a mini dress rehearsal for what the Astros would face in the regular season.

That gantlet was scheduled to begin on Thursday. First in Oakland against the A’s and whistleblower Mike Fiers. Then in Anaheim against the Angels, where thousands of angry Dodgers fans had bought tickets. By June 3, the sideshow would have gone through Texas, Boston and New York, each place trying to outdo the last in terms of public outrage–or just trying to do something that goes viral.

And then, the pandemic happened.


QLE Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, dirty rotten cheaters, verducci

Astros Cite ‘Sincere Apologies’ in Response to Sign-Stealing Lawsuits

Lawyers for the Houston Astros said members of the organization expressed “sincere apologies and remorse” after the sign-stealing scandal.

According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, this is part of the argument presented to try to dismiss three different lawsuits from season tickets holders against the organization.

The lawyers argued the plaintiffs have no legal standing to recover damages, but first noted how contrite the organization has been:

“The ‘sign-stealing’ controversy has been a source of great disappointment to Astros fans as well as to the Astros organization. On several occasions, members of the Astros organization—including individual players and its Owner, Jim Crane—have expressed their sincere apologies and remorse for the events described in the report by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.”

That’s not how I remember it…..


QLE Posted: March 24, 2020 at 12:34 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, lawsuits

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Red Sox may be aware of sign-stealing investigation findings

A report from The Athletic’s Daniel Kaplan says that the Red Sox might have seen the findings of the unreleased report on MLB’s inquiry into possible sign-stealing in 2018. A lawyer for the Red Sox, Lauren Moskowitz, referred to MLB’s findings during a legal hearing that was held to determine whether or not fantasy sports players have the legal standing to bring lawsuits against baseball and teams accused of sign-stealing for holding illegitimate competitions.

Moskowitz was asked by the Judge Jed Rakoff whether or not the Sox admit that they violated the rules in 2018. Moskowitz said that the team refuses to do so. She elaborated when further pressed by Rakoff:

“Your Honor, I think that there are distinctions between what the Red Sox believe occurred and what the commissioner found. And I think that certainly they’re entitled to disagree that that activity happened at the club level. Certainly, we did find on certain occasions in 2017, that this electronic device was used to communicate sign information.”

Legal representation for MLB and the Astros also took part in the hearing, which according to Kaplan was done over the phone (likely due to concerns about COVID-19).

Arte Johnson would have had something to say about this…..


QLE Posted: March 21, 2020 at 01:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: coverups, dirty rotten cheaters, red sox

Mariano Rivera says Astros sign-stealing scheme no different than Pete Rose betting on baseball

The Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal has understandably taken a backseat in recent weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it came back with a vengeance on Friday thanks to Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera.

In an interview on The Michael Kay Show on the YES Network, Rivera unloaded on the Astros. At one point, he even compared their scheme to Pete Rose betting on baseball during the 1980s, which led to Rose receiving a lifetime ban from baseball.

What’s the difference?

That’s the question Rivera asked when comparing the Astros sign-stealing scheme to Pete Rose’s lifetime ban for betting on baseball in the 1980s.

Remember the good old days, when this was the biggest story in baseball?


QLE Posted: March 21, 2020 at 12:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, mariano rivera

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Collin McHugh says Astros pitchers didn’t do right thing, weren’t ‘brave’

Tonight, on As The Astros Turn:

Collin McHugh only pitched in two postseason games during the Houston Astros’ championship run in 2017, but the new Boston Red Sox right-hander was open in assessing the cheating scandal that has tarnished that title.

“You’ve got to be willing to stick up for what you believe in and what you believe is right and what you believe is wrong,” McHugh said Friday. “And I think a lot of the guys on that team, including myself, are looking back now and wishing we had been as brave in the moment as we thought we were beforehand.”

The Astros were found to have used a system that allowed players in real time to study video of catchers’ signs and relay that information to batters at the plate via banging on trash cans. As a result, Houston had a significant edge against pitchers it faced at home.

“To put myself in the shoes of the guys who pitched against us in 2017 and to know that our hitters made that job that much harder that year—it’s hard to swallow. And I feel for them and I understand the anger and I understand when people are mad and pissed off,” McHugh said. “I get it. I’ve been there. I know what it feels like to be out there and feel like a team has your signs. It’s a lonely place.”


QLE Posted: March 07, 2020 at 01:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: collin mchugh, dirty rotten cheaters, pitchers

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Alex Rodriguez ripped the Astros for not being as remorseful as he was over cheating

In the months since the Astros cheating scandal turned the baseball world upside down, players and fans have been quick to comment about Houston’s cheating, the punishment (or lack thereof) and the team’s apology.

On Tuesday, noted cheater Alex Rodriguez chimed in on the scandal, and he too was disappointed in the Astros’ response.

While calling a Grapefruit League matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox on ESPN, Rodriguez compared his PED use and suspension during his playing career to how the Astros handled their own cheating scandal this offseason.

Rodriguez was hit with a 211-game suspension stemming from the Biogenesis scandal in 2013. This suspension came four years after he admitted to using steroids earlier in his career. On Tuesday, Rodriguez said he deserved that punishment while the Astros seemingly escaped without punishment or remorse.

I’d say this is a bit rich, but I have no idea about what moral codes centaurs have, so…..


QLE Posted: March 04, 2020 at 12:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, dirty rotten cheaters

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Inside MLB’s Plan to Crack Down on Cheating

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The cleanup in baseball is about to begin. In the wake of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, Major League Baseball is informing clubs about planned in-game protocols to bar non-uniformed personnel from the clubhouse, close video rooms, turn off all live video feeds except for the replay review monitor, and crack down on the use of “engineered” substance mixtures by pitchers specifically designed to create more spin, not just a better grip—all under the threats of suspensions or firings.

No final decisions have been made. MLB is working with the players association to establish enhanced protocols by Opening Day. Special assistant to the commissioner Joe Torre and Senior Vice President Chris Young have been telling teams to prepare for the crackdowns while they visit staffs in Arizona and Florida.

“We’re not as far apart with the players association as you might think,” Young said. “[Angels manager] Joe Maddon said it best: we need to return the game to being decided on the field rather than what’s going on behind it.”

Under MLB’s proposed plans, according to several managers and coaches who have heard the presentation, access to the dugout and clubhouse during the game will be limited to players, seven coaches and necessary interpreters and trainers. The measure will be “seriously policed” by an increase in MLB security agents, according to one club staff member present at one of the meetings. Under that proposal, front office staff members—or in the case of the Houston scandal, what commissioner Rob Manfred called the “lower-level baseball operations employees” who originated and executed the scheme—are banned from the clubhouse during games. Such employees often work in video rooms or set up laptops in the clubhouse during games.

Is it just me, or do a lot of these seem to be ducking the real issues when there are simpler moves that could be made?


QLE Posted: March 03, 2020 at 01:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, rule changes, video review

Friday, February 28, 2020

By 3 to 1 Margin Americans Say Astros Investigation was a Coverup and Players Need to Be Punished

South Orange, NJ – February 27, 2020 — By a sizeable margin, a majority of Americans feel that individual players should have been punished by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for their role in the sign stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros.

Fifty-four percent, responding to a national Seton Hall Sports Poll this week, said yes to punishing players in what was acknowledged as a player-driven scheme.  Only 17 percent felt they should not be punished.  Twenty-nine percent said they don’t know or had no opinion.

This was consistent with public opinion in the first week of this month when 52 percent said the Astros world championship should have been taken away, and 35 percent said it should not.

The Poll was administered this week to 693 adults across the country on landlines and cellphones.  It has a +/- 3.8 percent margin of error.

Something for those among us with a deep interest in polling.


QLE Posted: February 28, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, opinion, polls

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

José Altuve loudly booed in his first spring training at bat

The Astros and sign-stealing has, quite obviously, been the story of the offseason. The basic news of the scandal has, quite understandably, led the headlines, but the response to the news on the part of Astros players and officials has managed to perpetuate it. What I originally figured would last only a few weeks before dying down has not, by any stretch of the imagination, died down.

In related news, the Houston Astros made the trip to Lakeland today to take on the Detroit Tigers in a spring training game. You’ll not be surprised that José Altuve, making his first trip to the plate this spring training, was given a less-than-warm greeting by Tigers fans

And so it begins…..


QLE Posted: February 25, 2020 at 12:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: boos, dirty rotten cheaters, hit by pitch, jose altuve

Saturday, February 22, 2020

MLB was told about the Astros’ system years ago and did nothing

Jonathan Lucroy plays for the Red Sox now. Yesterday he talked to the Boston media about his time in Oakland. Specifically, he talked about how, when he played there, he and the rest of the A’s learned about the specifics of the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme from teammate Mike Fiers, who was traded to Oakland in August of that season.

Here’s what Lucroy said about what went down when he heard about Fiers going public in November:

“When I saw it, I read it and I’m like, ‘Oh boy, here we go. And people are calling me and I’m like, ‘Look, I’ve known about that for two years.’ Guys who were playing against them . . . I would text people and say, ‘Just so you know, this is what is going on.’ It got around baseball pretty quick.”

And it wasn’t just player-to-player chatter. The Oakland Athletics as a club reported it

*Decides to polish CV, in preparation for potential application for the position of Commissioner of Major League Baseball*



QLE Posted: February 22, 2020 at 12:36 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: coverups, dirty rotten cheaters, mlb

Friday, February 21, 2020

Astros whistleblower Mike Fiers says he’s received death threats but won’t give back his World Serie

In the ever-turning Houston Astros cheating saga, attention has now shifted back to Mike Fiers, the former Astros pitcher who blew the whistle on the entire cheating scheme.

Without Fiers speaking up about what he saw the Astros do in 2017, there’s a good chance the Astros never would have been disciplined by MLB and none of the daily drama we now find ourselves immersed in would be happening. With that, comes consequences and controversy.

In Fiers’ case, he’s told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser that he’s received death threats since becoming one of the central figures in what’s become one of the biggest scandals in baseball history.

As always, my apologies- the source article is behind a pay wall for me.

Feels telling about elements of sports culture in 2020, doesn’t it?


QLE Posted: February 21, 2020 at 12:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, mike fiers

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A Union Divided: Astros Cheating Scandal Rocks MLB Players Association

As each day passes, the electronic sign-stealing scandal in Major League Baseball proves more irritating to those impacted by it. This is especially true for players, who are all members of the same union, the Major League Baseball Players Association. They have become increasingly willing to publicly condemn fellow union members who played for the Astros in 2017 and who engaged in a form of cheating that has elicited widespread disgust.

Astros players engineered a plot that mixed modern technology with crude sounds. Players and team officials covertly used a camera in the center field area of Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The camera recorded opposing teams’ catcher signals to the pitcher. It then transmitted images over to the Astros’ replay room. The images revealed predictive patterns as to the intended pitch type. The patterns were then shared with those in the Astros dugout and conveyed to batters through coded bangs on a trash can. The plot was so effective that the Astros won the 2017 World Series.

Revisiting the curious logic of Rob Manfred’s decision to not punish guilty players

Despite Astros players’ guilt in what MLB has termed a mostly “player-driven” scheme, commissioner Rob Manfred declined to punish any of the guilty players. Manfred instead gave them immunity in exchange for their cooperation and willingness to share information.

This was surprising on at least four levels.

Some comments on a scandal from a labor-law perspective- which, at the least, is a different one than the usual ones we’ve seen.


QLE Posted: February 20, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, mlbpa

The Astros are leaning into the role of villain

You absolutely knew this was going to happen.

After a two-month firestorm in which the extent of their cheating operation was revealed, and after a week of players around the league voicing their displeasure at both the Astros and at Major League Baseball for not punishing them in a manner they deem sufficient, the Astros are pushing back. From the Washington Post, here’s Josh Reddick:

“At some point, you have to move on and not give a s—. We’re going to go out there and win and shut everybody up.”

Something for the fans of professional wresting around here…..


QLE Posted: February 20, 2020 at 12:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, villain

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Dusty Baker urges MLB to protect Astros from beanballs, retaliation

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Houston manager Dusty Baker urged Major League Baseball to help protect his players from potential retaliation and to discipline opponents who hit Astros players with pitches because they’re angry at the organization for the widespread cheating during their championship-winning 2017 season.

“I’m depending on the league to try to put a stop to this seemingly premeditated retaliation that I’m hearing about,” Baker said Saturday morning. “And in most instances in life, you get kind of reprimanded when you have premeditated anything. I’m just hoping that the league puts a stop to this before somebody gets hurt.”

The deluge of criticism toward the Astros did not abate Saturday, with Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant calling the organization “a disgrace” and not buying into the team’s apology.

“There’s no sincerity. There’s no genuineness when it comes to it,” Bryant said about the Astros. “I know that if I messed up big in that way, I’d be the first one to let you know just how big of a mess up it was. It’s hard to believe. It really is. It’s sad.”

If past experiences mean anything, this is likely to have more or less the direct opposite of the desired affect…..


QLE Posted: February 16, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, dirty rotten cheaters, dusty baker

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Dodgers pitcher says he would ‘probably’ throw at Astros hitters if he faced them

It was already clear that the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as the L.A. area in general, are going to harbor some major bad blood against the Houston Astros for cheating in and winning the 2017 World Series.

“They cheated and they got away with it.” “Asterisk.” “What a f—-ing joke.” “Everybody knows they stole the ring.”

It’s understandable. Losing out on baseball’s ultimate accomplishment in a seven-game series only to find out the other team was cheating will create some anger.

Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, who is likely staying with the team after a trade to the Los Angeles Angels fell through, took things a step further on Friday when asked about what he might have done had the Astros become a division rival in the AL West.

And all those teams put up more netting to prevent people from getting hit by the ball…..


QLE Posted: February 15, 2020 at 12:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, hit by pitch, ross stripling

Friday, February 14, 2020

‘Slow Burn’ Creators to Produce Houston Astros Cheating Scandal Podcast, TV Series (Exclusive)

The Houston Astros cheating scandal is getting the podcast and television treatment.

Podcast company Cadence13 is kicking off a new sports documentary podcast franchise with a season that will explore the Astros’ World Series-winning 2017 season. Major League Baseball fined the team in January after a report uncovered that players used technology to communicate signs stolen from opposing teams.

To tell the Astros’ story, Cadence13 has teamed with Sports Illustrated writer Ben Reiter, who will write and host the project, and Slow Burn co-creators Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons, who will produce via Neyfakh’s Prologue Projects shingle. Cadence13 content chief Chris Corcoran and Underground Entertainment partner Steven Fisher will executive produce.

A TV series based on the podcast also is in development with Left/Right Productions, the producer of Epix’s Slow Burn adaptation as well as Showtime’s The Circus and FX’s The Weekly. Reiter, Prologue Projects and Underground also are attached to the adaptation.

We’ve discussed most of the obvious angles with this scandal- why not toss show business into the mix?


QLE Posted: February 14, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, broadcasting, dirty rotten cheaters

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Toronto coach regrets staying quiet with Astros

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Dave Hudgens regrets not doing more.

In 2017, Hudgens, now Toronto’s bench coach, was the hitting coach for the Houston Astros, who, as detailed in a report by the Commissioner’s Office, stole signs using a video feed and relayed that information by way of banging a trash can throughout the ’17 season. The report indicated that the method was primarily player-driven, but Hudgens believes he could have done more to stop what was happening.

Though the Blue Jays’ bench coach couldn’t recall when he first realized what the Astros were doing, he does remember hearing the banging and asking a player what was going on. The player shared with Hudgens that the noise was an indication that a breaking ball was coming.

“I didn’t think about it, to be honest with you,” Hudgens said. “I should have. It should have been something we thought about. But no, at the time it was like it kind of went over our heads.”

Tempting to be really corrosive in response to this, isn’t it?


QLE Posted: February 13, 2020 at 12:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, dave hudgens, dirty rotten cheaters

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Report: Astros Owner Jim Crane to Meet With Full Roster Ahead of Spring Training

Astros owner Jim Crane is expected to meet with the full roster Wednesday to discuss how Houston will publicly address the sign-stealing scandal which has resulted in the team hiring a new manager and general manager, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Passan notes that while only pitchers and catchers were expected to report Wednesday, position players have also flown to Florida to participate in the meeting. The first media availability of the spring is set for Thursday.

News regarding the team’s sign-stealing has dominated baseball conversations in recent weeks. On Jan. 13, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a nine-page report detailing how Houston cheated during the 2017-18 regular seasons and postseasons. Manfred suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow through the 2020 World Series, but Crane subsequently fired them.

The Red Sox and Mets later parted ways with managers Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán after both men were named in MLB’s report. Cora served as the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, while Beltrán was a member of the World Series-winning roster.

“Remember, under no circumstance suggest that I have a shred of culpability in this matter.”


QLE Posted: February 12, 2020 at 12:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, jim crane

Red Sox Sign-Stealing Investigation Will Stretch Into Spring

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Major League Baseball will not have a decision in the Boston Red Sox sign-stealing investigation this week, a person with knowledge of the probe told The Associated Press, meaning the team will open spring training without knowing if it will be punished.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because there was no formal announcement. Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he hoped to have the investigation wrapped before the start of spring training; Red Sox pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday and have their first workout Wednesday.

There are several ways to interpret this delay- which one would you choose?


QLE Posted: February 12, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, red sox, sign-stealing

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka says he feels cheated out of World Series by Astros

Asked Monday at Yankees spring training in Tampa, Fla. whether he felt “cheated” out of a potential World Series title by the Astros sign-stealing scandal, Masahiro Tanaka was clear.

“Yeah,” Tanaka said. “You do feel that way. You do feel that way.”

“I don’t know if mad is the right word,” Tanaka added about it. “It’s something that’s out of the rule. They’re obviously not abiding by the rules, so yeah. That’s what I thought.”

The Astros took down the Yankees in seven games in the 2017 ALCS before beating the Dodgers to win the first World Series in their history. In the 2019 ALCS, the Astros beat the Yankees in six games before falling to the Nationals in the World Series.

So, how big do we suppose the Loyal Order of Irate Pitchers is, and how do we suppose they will act in the coming season?


QLE Posted: February 11, 2020 at 12:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, masahiro tanaka, world series

Monday, February 10, 2020

Elias reiterates confidence that Orioles employees won’t be implicated in Astros cheating scandal

On the second day of the team’s caravan tour in Upper Marlboro at Calvert Brewing Company, the Orioles vice president and general manager once again said he doesn’t expect anything to happen to current those current Orioles employees.

“I addressed this the other day, I’m confident that the group that’s here that came from Houston will not be connected or implicated in the sign-stealing situation,” Elias said.

Elias also spoke about the “unfortunate” events in Houston and how they could diminish what the organization accomplished. He was with the organization from 2012-2018, during which the Astros won a World Series in the 2017 season.

On the one hand, this seems suspect- on the other hand, if MLB seems willing to cover up the involvement of much of the current Astros front office in this affair…..


QLE Posted: February 10, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, mike elias

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Rays’ Charlie Morton on Astros cheating: ‘I regret not doing more to stop it’

ST. PETERSBURG — Charlie Morton in 2017 was not the Charlie Morton he is today.

He was new to the Astros, coming off an injury-abbreviated season, relatively unaccomplished in the game. He wasn’t, in locker room parlance, a guy.

Had he been the two-time All-Star he is today with the Rays, the veteran revered for his professionalism and respected for his perspective, maybe things would have unfolded differently.

But when Morton learned of the scheme his Houston teammates were using to steal signs and tip off their hitters to what pitch was coming, when he heard the actual banging on a trash can to relay the info, he didn’t say or do anything.

And the Parade of Fecklessness continues!


QLE Posted: February 09, 2020 at 12:51 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, charlie morton, dirty rotten cheaters

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