Nobody wants to deal with the players' union, most likely. Anything not agreed upon (like PED suspensions) would get appealed.I think it’s INSANE that no players (who chose whether they wanted to participate or not) were punished. I’m a Dodger fan and the 2017 World Series was one of the most painful sports experiences I’ve been through. Things felt so off and pitchers were getting shelled that made no sense. It feels gross and the punishment was a slap on the wrist
According to the MLB investigation, the sign stealing stopped during the 2018 season. If this is true, the Nats didn't actually deal with anythingHow the Nats dealt with it. https://www.npr.org/2019/11/14/779465151/how-the-houston-astros-stole-signs-in-the-2017-season
Sign stealing is legal as long as you don't use electronic equipment to do it. Some teams spend a lot of time on it; others don't. Players can figure it out and signal other players with hand signals so teams need to be prepared for it. And the Yankees claim there was some kind of whistling going on in 2019 ALCS, and there is at least one 2019 video of an Astros staff member standing in center field and the players looking at him over and over. None of that would be illegal unless they are getting the info from the center field cameras or through electronic means -- they just stopped getting it from a monitor set up in the club house. Most teams watch for pitch tipping by the pitcher, which also is totally legal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sign_stealing
Freddie Freeman has suggested that the Astros cheating may have ended Kris Medlen's comeback attempt. I guess we'll never know.I know some people are reflexively against civil lawsuits because they think people are looking for easy money.
But there are so many gaps where law enforcement or in this case league directors really can't bring wrongdoers to justice. I'm so glad this guy is suing.
Mike Bolsinger faced eight batters and got one out vs. the Astros in 2017. He hasn't pitched in the majors since. On Monday, he sued the team.www.usatoday.com
My concern is that there will be a lot of pitchers intentionally throwing at Astros players this season and beyond, and that it will end with someone seriously hurt either from an HBP or during an ensuing brawl.I've been sufficiently angry about both the Astros cheating and the way everything has been handled that I found an e-mail address for MLB and sent them an email letter with suggestions on appropriate punishments (nothing that involved physical punishment, tempted though I am).
My concern is that there will be a lot of pitchers intentionally throwing at Astros players this season and beyond, and that it will end with someone seriously hurt either from an HBP or during an ensuing brawl.
Manfred has to do something to protect the players and to protect the integrity of the game.
This message might be more effective if Manfred had shown that he was willing to punish wrongdoing. As it is, I suspect that it will hardly be enough to stop people from throwing at the Astros, and the union will fight hard for anyone who gets suspended - as they always do.Manfred met with all the managers telling them retaliation will not be tolerated and will be punished, unlike the players that actually cheated.