After ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi insisted last week not to be upset about the Astros sign-theft scandal, he now believes there will be no deterrent to players ending training as long as MLB they are not punished for fraud.
"There are some people who lost their jobs who really were the people who had to pay for it, but there were a lot more people involved," the current Phillies skipper said Wednesday morning in ESPN's "Golic and Wingo Show".
“The financial winnings for the players are considerable if they have long seasons for this reason. So if there is no punishment for them, I'm not sure if it will stop. "
Girardi was fired by the Yankees less than a week after Game 7 ALCS's defeat in Houston in 2017, and worked as a television analyst last season before being hired by Philadelphia in October.
Girardi also compared Commissioner Rob Manfred's lack of punishment with the Houston players involved in sign theft to the steroid era of his season.
"The financial gains, similar to those in the steroid era, are very similar," said Girardi. "If you know what (pitches) are coming and you have a big year and you are a free agent, there is a lot to do there and the players want to take care of their families, so I am not entirely sure how to choose the right one The answer is, but I don't know how daunting this is for players at the moment. "
Girardi had said at the Phillies camp last week that he was at peace with what had come out of the Astros, despite firing after the Yankees crashed in 2017.
"I'm not [angry]"Said Girardi." I am a man who believes a lot in the man above. Things happen for a reason, and I'm here in Philadelphia for a reason. And it was really good. "
Giancarlo Stanton, current Yankees racket, added that he would have strapped 80 Homer on Wednesday if he had known which pitches he would come with during his 2017 NL MVP season at the Miami Marlins.
"He would have broken the home run record," said Girardi. "There is no big deterrent to the players and I think it has to make it stop." I think we really have to look at that.
"I don't know how, when you're not in the clubhouse and don't admit that you did it, how you take the floor from another player that he did. That's the hard part. When you're up to something Your body got caught it should definitely be a suspension and a huge fine for me. But to say that someone used it, it's their word against their word, it's pretty hard to punish a player. I think it is really difficult. "