Sports: Cheaters Never Prosper?
by Lucas Garrison, Sports Editor
The Houston Astros are the first of the two teams being investigated for cheating in the 2017 and 2018 World Series against the Dodgers. The second team hailing from the great cheating region of New England, the Boston Red Sox. Ken Rosenthal broke the news around 11 AM (PST). The headline news is that the Astros have fired Manager, AJ Hinch, and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
The punishment laid down by the league front office, prior to the firings included a 1-year suspension for both the Astros Manager, AJ Hinch, and General Manager Jeff Luhnow. The Astros has also been stripped of their 1st and 2nd round draft picks in the 2020 and 2021 draft. The draft picks being that of the heftier portion of the punishment as MLB teams rely heavily on those draft picks to build their “Farm System”(Minor League). The Punishment also included an additional 5 million dollar fine.
Now the suspension does not include any players. At the time, Carlos Beltran was a player on Astros. Since then Beltran has been hired as the new manager of the Mets. So far, it has been made clear that Beltran will not face any sort of punishment, and any chance of that changing is truly unrealistic.
The other big news looming with the punishment of the Astros is that of Alex Cora, the manager of the Red Sox who was a bench coach for the Astros when they were caught with the initial cheating scandal. Cora and the Sox were accused of cheating by using an illegal video replay room to steal signs during their 108 win regular season, which would result in a world series win for the organization back in 2018. On Tuesday The Athletic reported that three anonymous sources had come forward with proof and allegations against the Red Sox.
According too Jeff Passan and Ken Rosenthal Alex Cora will have a “Far Harsher” punishment than AJ Hinch. However, the Red Sox organization itself will most likely face a ban similar to that of the Houston Astros. However, the investigation has just begun against the Red Sox and the Astros investigation took several months. The Red Sox now will just have to sit and wait to see what happens to their organization.
The Astros will be allowed to keep their World Series Championship, which is all the organization and fans care about. This has left MLB fans wondering is the punishment strong enough? This has left Dodger fans to ask the question, why wasn’t there more?