<pre><pre>Cheating Astros doesn't deserve vigilante justice

PORT ST. LUCIE – I hope no pitcher that the Astros does wrong will literally take matters into its own hands.

There is real potential for this. The anger at what Houston players did at least in 2017 to illegally steal signs and the lack of punishment the Commissioners Office imposed on them has made MLB staff angry across the major league landscape. I don't remember any other problem in Major League history that caused this kind of anger in the file, especially among the players.

No steroid users. Not A-Rod on a variety of topics. At the spring training locations in Florida and Arizona, the performance of this Astros – team and individual – is slandered, their morals questioned and their status downgraded. From her colleagues.

Could rage enter the 2017 Astros members who are attacked by pitchers who want revenge for themselves or for friends injured by what happened this season.

"I hope not," said Houston ace Justin Verlander on Thursday when asked if he thought Pitcher would return the favor. He added: “The Commissioner has known in the past that this is not an appropriate form of retaliation. I would hope that this is also justified. "

I Agree. What the Astros did is despicable. How much they lied and veiled and tried to avoid responsibility makes it worse. But nothing that is done should expose the alumni to physical injuries in 2017. That is a step too far.

We hope that players and media who question the words and honesty of the Astros players will serve as punishment, force further elaboration and – if not – at least leave a permanent mark that those involved have attached to them in the future.

I've heard a lot of these words. I was in the Astros camp on Thursday for their attempts to irritate a weak tea, and with the Mets on Friday when the J.D. Davis and Jake Marisnick spoke. The plan once seemed general, let's say they are done talking about 2017 and are now focusing on 2020.

If that's their plan, the counter should kick them back – not with a baseball – but by revealing the lack of logic, decency, or sincerity in their words:

–Davis and Marisnick were the youngest to mention Astro's “talent” when they suggested that the team could or could have won the 2017 World Series without cheating. But do you know who didn't believe in this talent? The Houston Astros staff and players. Because if they believed in the talent, why cheat? And these weren't a day or two of fraud, but months and months in 2017 trying to extend it to 2018. Steroid users didn't think they could do so well without steroids, so they used it. Same logic here.

–Davis said on Friday, "I spoke a little early", referring to his December comments when he said he knew nothing about the Astros' fraud. Here's a blunt assessment: In December, J.D. Davis lied. Like many astros when they first spoke to reporters.

That is why all the “remorse” and the “regret” sound hollow. No truths came out until more lies were ridiculous. No one who was asked appears to be able to answer whether he felt so repentant before the fraud became public. I remember one line from Dennis Miller's 1990 "Black and White" comedy special. He talked about a person who went to jail for being involved in Watergate finding God after he was imprisoned. Miller joked: "Nobody finds Christ on the prom night."

No Astros found regret or remorse in the midst of pillaging pitchers. They didn't do it until it served its purpose. They seemed to regret and regret being caught.

– Many 2017 Astros spoke of being young and not sure how to resist seasoned teammates who advocated fraud, or too naive to know essentially right from wrong. For example, Davis said, "Obviously, as a 24-year-old, I was pretty impressed with the whole thing about being with some of the veterans and being in a big league clubhouse and so on."

But Tony Kemp was a 25-year-old rookie when he was called up by the Astros in 2017. When he told A & # 39; s Camp, he was asked if he wanted to join, said no and never used the system. No reporting showed that Kemp was tipped over to parking spaces.

There was mob mentality and the euphoria that something worked, but players with a moral compass could have refused the trick – like Kemp.

– One of Marisnick's agents attended his press conference when the outfielder said, "The thought behind it (theft of signs) should give us an advantage, and I'm not sure whether it was or not."

Yes, no one was sure it was working. So they went on anyway. Hundreds and hundreds of times. Here's a question for Marisnick and all Astros: If there was a legal way to know what pitch is on the way this year, would you like to use it? Of course you would. For the same reason you used the illegal method in 2017. Because it is an incredible advantage for a major league hitter to know what is coming.

However, what should not come in 2020 is a field that is intentionally designed for an Astro 2017.