MLB Cheating Scandal

Do you remember when the Houston Astros won the 2017 World series? Well, technically they didn’t. When they were going against the Dodgers in the Series they were cheating and spying on the Dodgers. Later, in 2018 the Boston Red Sox won the world series but they cheated as well. They were doing the same thing as the Astros. Some of the coaches and staff were involved in this, as well. This was one of the biggest issues in MLB history. If you think about it, if they never cheated, the Dodgers might have won the World Series. 


When the teams were playing, the catchers would usually send signs to the players. So, the Astros would use live video footage to decode the signs. Then a player would watch the footage and be a “runner” and send information to the dugout. Each game they would work harder together to improve the sign stealing method. They put a TV outside the dugout so it would be more clear. Later in the season, they made another technique called the “banging scheme.” This meant they had to hit trash cans manually or massage guns to get information. However many bangs they made, it would represent a move. One bang would be an off-speed pitch and two bangs would be a fastball. One player from the White Sox was noticing the astro players hitting trash cans in the dugout. The Astros moved the monitor and put it in an office in case they did an investigation. The Red Sox used the replay room to aid in electronically stealing signs in 2018.

You probably didn’t know but some of the coaches were helping the team with the scheme. In the Astros, some of the coaches who were involved were GM Jeff Luhnow and team manager A.J. Hinch. Alex Cora the bench coach was in the scheme as well. But Hinch was actually against the signal scheme. He actually tried stopping the cheating by damaging one of the monitors. Luhnow also was trying to stop them from cheating. When the bench coach, Alex Cora, moved teams to the Red Sox and he started making the Red Sox cheat like the Astros. 

The Astros were fined $5 million for cheating and they will lose their first and second round pick for 2020 and 2021. Some of the coaches were fired like Alex Cora, Jeff Luhnow, and manager A.J. Hinch. 


The Major League Baseball organization told all the teams to not comment about the punishment of the Astros because it is very impolite. But some wanted to say something. Kiké Hernández stated, “Everybody warned us. A lot of people told us to worry about them, we just thought it was just rumors, but I guess not.” The Dodgers said they should not be called champions for the rest of their lives if they didn’t earn it fairly. The manager Roberts was close friends with Hinch, one of the coaches of the Astros, but after the scandal broke they haven’t spoken. But some players said they don’t want to be called champions because they didn’t earn it the right way. A player named Justin Turner said the players wanted to experience the entire feeling of winning the World Series like celebrating after their big win by having a parade or popping champagne in the clubhouse. Roberts said they don’t want a trophy or a fake banner in their stadium. 

I think the Astros don’t deserve to win. They didn’t earn it fairly. I agree with the Dodgers. The Astros should not be called champions.