Jamie and Stoney: Discussing the Players' Responsibility in the Astros' Cheating Scandal

Zero players have been suspended since General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Manager A.J. Hinch were fired

Jamie and Stoney
January 20, 2020 - 11:09 am

The Astros’ cheating scandal reached new heights over the weekend. In addition to widely circulated videos involving sign-stealing and a code for trash can banging, speculation has now hovered to the involvement of the players.

From Josh Reddick’s “confetti” covering a line shape on his tank top in a post-game interview to Jose Altuve warning his teammates to be careful with his jersey moments before a post-game celebration, the scandal has inspired many to dig for possible evidence and post it on social media. The crosshairs have naturally shifted to the players’ involvement.

Bogey offered a poignant take on Major League Baseball’s protection of its stars when discussing Altuve.

“That, to me, it got me focused on Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball. [They] do the investigation, fine the [team] $5 million, [fire] the GM and manager, and no players get suspended. It leads me to believe that Major League Baseball is protecting some of their young stars.”

Jamie countered with a possible deniability that some players may have.

“If a guy uses steroids and he tests positive for steroids you have a positive steroid test. If Jose Altuve lays off a 2-0 pitch because there’s a bang on a drum, how can you prove that he laid off the pitch because there was a bang on the drum? Maybe that’s his plausible deniability.”

The team’s pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on February 13th.