NORTH PORT, Fla. – People want blood. You want a historical revision.
You won't get what you want, but you don't have to settle for anything. Instead, after this Astros scandal involving both baseball and baseball, participants and fans of the game can reasonably request the following:
A Major League Baseball vow that this will remain an open case.
Commissioner Rob Manfred, speaking at CoolToday Park on Grapefruit League media day on Sunday, claimed that the immunity his office gave to Astros players was only as long as "they were honest in their responses." This means that suspensions in the form of suspensions would fall on those whom the investigators lied to.
At this point, Jose Altuve's refusal to take off his shirt when he launched the Astros into the World Series in 2019 is considered nothing more than "suspicious" of repeating the Yankees' Aroldis Chapman who gave up the explosion. Major League Baseball should continue to pull every thread in Houston, especially given Carlos Correa's recent statement that raises eyebrows behind Altuve's shyness in October.
When a bald New York reporter (OK, it was me) asked Manfred whether Altuve would be checked for a tattoo, Manfred laughed and said, "I haven't thought of that yet" before repeating, "This isn't me yet sunken. "
Shouldn't Altuve be proactive in showing the alleged tattoo Correa The Athletic first mentioned, given the high emotions associated with the matter? The shortstop said that his double-play partner wanted to hide the ugly, unfinished artwork on his collarbone, which sounds as ridiculous on the surface as the other explanation that Altuve's wife didn't like it when he undressed upstairs. In addition to the intrigue, social media detective Jomboy pointed out that Altuve put on an undershirt late in the infamous American League Championship Series game 6 and then removed it before stepping onto the plate at the end of ninth place.
Manfred said his office dealt with this theory. He explained: “Where I came up with, the players were open about 2017 and the fact that they broke the rules in 2017. They were open, chapter and verse, which coincides with the fact that the rules were violated in 2018, and they were equally consistent and everyone, every single witness, in denying this Summer claim.
"I think in my own thoughts it was hard for me to figure out why they would tell us, since they were immune, why they are honest, admit that they did the wrong thing, admit that they did the wrong thing in & # 39; 18, and then lie about what was going on in & # 39; 19.
"Can I tell you now that I am 100% certain? You are never 100% sure about these things. But that was my best judgment. "
Hey, maybe the next Mike Fiers will decide to unload the 19 Astros in two years. At this point, those who testified dishonestly would be subject to discipline. Or maybe Altuve's strange defenses are true. Regardless of this, MLB must continue to pursue this path and inform people about it.
Baseball should also officially blame Astros owner Jim Crane for his reprehensible behavior at Thursday's press conference, which only increased tension across the industry. And … it really is now.
Block player? That would only be on display, since the Players Association would have an extremely strong argument to appeal and overthrow: Manfred sent his famous "Apple Watch Memo" on September 15, 2017 to team officials, not to players, to raise them before To warn punishments for illegal theft of signs.
Manfred said he gave players immunity because: "I think the worst result of this institution would have been if we had done an investigation and come back and said, 'You know what? We just couldn't figure out what was going on. "Agree in this regard.
Revoke the title of Astros 2017? Come on now. Hasn't anti-intellectualism damaged this planet enough?
No, it is important to keep looking for the truth of the past without rewriting it. It won't heal people's anger so much. However, if this anger helps to eradicate these high-tech harassments, then it has done something good.