Olney: MLB players angry over sign stealing while Astros wait to say they’re sorry


When the Houston Astros executed their trash-can-banging sign stealing, they may have done so assuming opponents cheated in the same manner. Just as consistently, just as brazenly. But based on the angry reaction of peers, it’s apparent that the Astros crossed a line.

The backlash has been fueled by social media, something that was not available two decades ago or as pervasive 10 years ago. But front-office staffers around baseball cannot remember a circumstance of such widespread and loud player-to-player condemnation. Not for a steroid suspension, not because of a brawl, not for a slide that injured a player.

From the hour that commissioner Rob Manfred released his report and announced the discipline, opponents of the Astros have blasted away and continue to do so. Cody Bellinger, who has spent his life in baseball and is usually understated, averaging about seven tweets a month, posted almost immediately, “If true, there needs to be major consequences to the players. That completely ruins the integrity of the game!!!”

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

New Jaguars kicker Brandon McManus eager to get back to the playoffs
Texas AD favors 9-game model upon joining SEC
Cowboys’ Pollard says he’ll be cleared for camp
Sarah Bryce stars as The Blaze book semi-final spot
Massive changes in PFL 4 card create opportunity for new faces, but is there betting value?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *