…so I feel like I should comment on the whole cheating scandal going on in Major League Baseball. Not only because it involves the Boston Red Sox. But also because the New England Patriots have been known to ummmmm…push the envelope a time or three as well. So I guess it is in the water here. Or it’s prevalent around all leagues. Either way…
The punishment has not come out against the Red Sox as of yet, so I am not really sure how I feel about them in particular. Though the punishment has been levied against the Houston Astros already, they still seem to be the focus of the public somehow. I’ll take that.
There is nothing really to write about the actual Red Sox team either. Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has spent the offseason basically exchanging bum/unproven relievers for…bum/unproven relievers. And NOT cutting payroll, as he was apparently “mandated” to do. He also got rid of some AAAA infielders and signed a backup catcher. So there’s that. Oh, and now he has to find a manager. Seems pretty productive thus far, right?
So instead of wasting any words on Sam Travis, Bobby Poyner, Jeffrey Springs or Matt Hall, here are some completely random thoughts on the cheating coming out of my head, in no particular order. And I am not even guaranteeing they will make any sense either:
*As written in an ESPN article, “Cora is described by commissioner Rob Manfred as being “involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs. Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the players’ conduct.””
Yeah, based on that, I can’t say I am surprised by the Sox firing him…oops, I mean, “agreed with Alex to mutually part ways…” Sorry about that.
But what penalty can Cora expect? Based on the year that former Astro manager A.J. Hinch received, is there a chance Cora gets banned for life? Is it worse than what Pete Rose did to get him banned for life?
I may be the wrong guy to ask about Rose. Truly an abhorrable (abhorrent?) individual, he bet on his own team while he was managing the Cincinnati Reds. He may have not been the only one doing it, but he was dumb enough to get caught. And, not to mention, dumb enough to do it in the first place. Some may point out that he may have been showing confidence in his own team that day. But he also likely tanked other days to assure the team was at its best the day he threw money down on them. Or something like that. In any event, despite being a colossal scumbag, Rose should be in the Hall of Fame as a player. Since he would be far from the only scumbag in the Hall.
But I digress. As for Cora…I don’t even know the answer. It would seem kind of obvious that he would get more than Hinch. But life?
I can’t go there unless I hear more damning evidence against him. Perhaps that comes when the Red Sox investigation is complete.
*What does MLB do from here? I mean, video is everywhere. Some dude can take video from the 6th row and get valuable information, can’t he? The Astro dude that was standing in plain view and recording in games against the Red Sox, Indians and who knows who else…was that even necessary?
I know the teams have some sort of video rooms in the back and all. But even if they were eliminated, would that make a difference?
I’ve actually been wondering for years how on an NFL telecast in any year someone like Tony Romo, Troy Aikman or Cris Collinsworth say stuff early on like, “when we spoke to the quarterback and coaches on Friday, they told us they were going to do (this) to (combat the other team)”. I mean, no one listens to the telecast and communicates that to the opposing sideline? Yeah, it isn’t the whole game plan. And maybe what was said was kind of obvious. But still…
Video and recording devices are all around us. How do you stop it? I don’t know. And I am not sure MLB does either.
*What about player suspensions? Will we see any of those?
My guess is no. For several reasons. Are any of the reports going to single out any of the players? Are there really any players that took advantage more than others? Did some players frown upon it, but had no choice to go along with the plan due to pressure from their teammates/coaches (reports are that Hinch didn’t love what was going on and broke two monitors at some point. But ultimately did nothing to stop it, so of course he is paying the price),
And above all, how can you suspend 25-40 players?
Perhaps heavy manager/GM penalties may discourage players from engaging in this practice going forward. But can we count on that?
*And if they are going after General Managers, why not the owners? I guess the draft picks and the 5 mil takes care of that part.
However, Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner faced some personal penalties years ago. So who is to say the owners shouldn’t pay some sort of personal price here as well?
We know for these guys 5 mil is pocket change.
More questions than answers, I know. But MLB is undoubtedly in the same spot.
And one thing is for sure, cheating is never going away…in any sport.
If it’s not video, it’s Apple watches, it’s performance enhancing drugs, it’s deflating footballs, or it’s something else. And then something new will inevitably come along.
Sign stealing has been happening for years, in fact. We all know that. It’s just a little more high tech now.
So as the world becomes more complicated, busy and distracting…good luck to every sport for figuring all THAT out…