Between the 2019 and 2020 MLB seasons, baseball was rocked by the cheating scandals surrounding the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox. Both teams have been embarrassed while MLB hands out punishments for both teams’ perceived use of technology to steal signs from opposing teams. It’s truly a black mark on the sport, especially considering that both teams won the World Series in back to back seasons: 2017 and 2018.
They also happened to play and beat the same team: the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their nefarious activity didn’t sit too well with one Dodger in particular: Cody Bellinger. Bellinger had a lot to say about the scandals and was none too happy to hear about it.
The Astros and Red Sox cheating scandals
An MLB investigation found that the Houston Astros illegally stole signs during their 2017 championship season. A key figure to emerge in the scandal was the team’s then-bench coach, Alex Cora. Cora reportedly organized the cheating scheme before leaving the team to manage the Boston Red Sox. Another report claims Boston players similarly cheated during 2018.
The fallout was swift: MLB suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. The franchise fired both as further punishment for their failure to put a stop to the cheating, though it’s widely suspected that neither was intimately involved with the illicit machinations.
As far as Cora goes, MLB has yet to punish him. Rumor has it that Cora will face a harsher penalty than Hinch and Luhnow’s year-long suspensions. Seeing the writing on the wall, Cora and the Red Sox agreed to part ways before MLB suspended him. Now it’s simply a matter of time before Cora finds himself on the outside of baseball looking in for a long time.
The Dodgers’ World Series losses to the Astros and Red Sox
Unfortunately for Cody Bellinger and his Dodgers’ teammates, they fell at the hands of both teams that reportedly cheated in the postseason in consecutive years.
The Dodgers lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series in seven games. L.A. then lost to the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series in seven games. It was a truly heartbreaking turn of events for the team as they came within a few innings of winning two titles. To hear that both losses came against teams not playing by the rules most likely makes it even worse for both the players and the fans.
One player in particular definitely didn’t care for it.
Cody Bellinger’s comments about the Astros and Red Sox
Bellinger did not hold his tongue when asked what he thought about the two teams and their cheating ways. He insisted that despite the loss, the Dodgers could take pride in how they played the game:
“Honestly, we’re curious to see what happens,” Bellinger said, per Alden Gonzalez of ESPN. “It sucks, man. We were close, but we did it the right way.”
Bellinger has a point. While they can never feel satisfaction even knowing those two teams cheated, they can take pride in not having their reputations and accomplishments tarnished.
What does this mean for the Astros and Red Sox going forward? It’s not looking good for either franchise. The Astros lost their number one starter, Gerrit Cole, before this scandal even broke. To now lose their manager makes it seem as if they’re spiraling out of control. The Red Sox didn’t make any significant additions in the offseason and disappointed last year, finishing in third place in the AL East. Both teams are trending downward. It may not appease Cody Bellinger, his teammates, or Dodger fans, but it appears as though karma may be at work as both teams receive their just desserts.