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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dirty rotten cheaters, mariano rivera

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   1. puck Posted: March 21, 2020 at 01:34 AM (#5932406)
Remember the good old days, when this was the biggest story in baseball?

No Astros have been infected by the Corona Virus.
They saw the signs coming before anyone else.

7:13 PM · Mar 19, 2020

   2. wjones Posted: March 21, 2020 at 11:24 AM (#5932437)
One thing to hate the Astros about is that this news has led to an untold number of players, ex-players, and other people involved with the game say the dumbest public things of their lives. Can't wait for the 'Same as Murder' comments.
   3. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: March 21, 2020 at 06:31 PM (#5932543)
Remember the good old days, when this was the biggest story in baseball?

I didn't even care about it then! I set the trends baby!
   4. Padraic Posted: March 22, 2020 at 12:28 AM (#5932602)
Of all the pitchers to care about sign stealing...
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 22, 2020 at 05:17 PM (#5932677)
#4 that is funny.
   6. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: March 22, 2020 at 06:04 PM (#5932683)
Did Yankees catchers actually put down signs when Rivera was pitching? Or was it just a "1" every time?
   7. BrianBrianson Posted: March 23, 2020 at 09:20 AM (#5932751)
The difference is that cheating to win is should carry a penalty, but cheating to lose undermines the whole premise of what's going on and could easily become an existential threat to the league if it became widespread.
   8. Ron J Posted: March 24, 2020 at 07:39 AM (#5932995)
#7 And there are two key issues about gambling.

First, it's difficult enough to prove somebody was gambling, never mind the direction of the bets. Hence the no gambling, period (and as I have noted often, this is a concept that goes back to the first set of published rules)

Second, once a player starts gambling it's only a short step to managing outcomes. In particular fixing a prop bet is particularly seductive (at least initially). That's what happened in the most recent top level cricket betting scandal.
   9. Lars6788 Posted: March 24, 2020 at 01:12 PM (#5933108)
What does Rivera think about infidelity and cheating on his wife - what does he compare that to?

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