The ‘cheating’ Astros redeem themselves with a clean ring

The Houston Astros were proclaimed at dawn from Saturday to Sunday champions of the World Series, the MLB finals, after beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 for a total in series 4-2. The Texan franchise, founded in 1962 and with a losing tradition, lifted the second championship ring in its history, although its first victory, just five years ago, is still remembered.

In 2017, the Astros reached the World Series for the first time in their history, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3, winning a thrilling Game 7 to lift their first championship, which ended in a smear. In 2019, an investigation by The Athletic, led by journalists Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, revealed that the Houstonians had cheated throughout 2017 (both in the regular season and in the playoffs they won) and part of 2018. The North American media concluded that those from Texas used a video system, placing a camera in the back stands, to capture the rival’s signals and thus be able to guess which pitch they were going to receive. To transmit it to the batter, they helped themselves to a garbage can that they hit in one way or another depending on what came.

The league, after an exhaustive investigation as a result of what was published, suspended team manager Jeff Luhnow and coach AJ Hinch for one year. sanctioned the franchise with five million dollars (the maximum possible) and dispossessed it of the first two elections of the two following Drafts. The ring, however, they kept. The players who participated in these malpractices were not punished, and it is that the MLB agreed with them their immunity as long as they collaborated to clarify what happened. Mike Fiers, a pitcher who was in the Astros in that 2017, was key in this process, since he was the first to corroborate these cheats publicly.

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The reactions in the United States were immediate, and the Astros became the ‘sufferers’ of the MLB. Wherever they played, they received a wave of insults and expletives, and even the rest of the league was used harshly before them, going so far as to throw their batters several balls to the body. They had cheated and it was not overlooked. Now, having put this huge scandal behind them, the Astros are back on top. And this time, in a clean way. Or so it seems, for now.

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