Back in the good old days of baseball, a topic as big as the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal would have never made it this far. Yes, for one, the technology wasn’t there. But more importantly, the players were less handcuffed than they are today.
Whatever side you happen to be on when it comes to the modern game of baseball, there is something missing from today’s game.
Players policing players.
When he thought he was being traded to the Angels, Ross Stripling started wrestling with whether he would intentionally throw at an Astros hitter to retaliate. He concluded he probably would, at the right time, in the right place. I think it’s a fascinating question.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) February 14, 2020
In many ways it’s still there — the veterans that “play the game the right way” and wish the kids would get off their lawn for one — but if you’re a pitcher intentionally throwing at a batter for anything, chances are you’re getting fined and suspended.
As the game slowly has kid gloves forced upon it, the topic of hitting batters has hit a fever pitch. Particularly over the last few days. Really, since the Houston Astros faced the music and cameras…
Now, on Friday at Dodgers camp, the hit-by-pitch was on the minds of the media… so Dodger players responded.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 15, 2020
Pitcher Ross Stripling was a central figure in the headlines. Mainly because he said he would definitely consider throwing at the Astro batters.
I would lean toward yes. In the right time and in the right place. Maybe I give up two runs the inning before and I got some anger going. Who knows? But yeah, it would certainly be on my mind.
One day after the Astros organization generally failed miserably at apologizing, the Dodgers were once again faced with the demons of World Series’ past. On a day where LA star and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger was heated about the “weak” responses of Houston players, the conversation continued to how will the players be punished for their crimes.
After all, they were the ones that did the crime and benefited from their actions… and were granted immunity to talk to MLB about it.
Alex Wood shared thoughts on how it’ll all likely go down for whoever drills an Astro first.
Somebody will take it into their own hands, and they’ll get suspended more games than any of those guys got for the biggest cheating scandal in 100 years — It’ll be pretty ironic when that happens, because I’m sure that’s how it’ll end up playing out.
And Bellinger — a hitter — is all for it… for the pitchers that were affected by the villainous Astros.
Hey, man, if that makes you feel better. They’ve been stealing your signs for years and years, and you got a bigger ERA because of it and you lost money in arbitration because of it, so be it.
Houston will face the Washington Nationals on February 22nd as the Grapefruit League schedule gets underway. While spring training may not be the most opportune or likely time for an Astro to get beaned, chances are whoever hits a star Astro batter first will become a folk hero in inner baseball circles.