The Houston Astros‘ reputation has taken a significant hit over the last year after their sign-cheating scandal became public. Many have taken shots at the organization and the league’s handling of the situation. Although some time has passed, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera just delivered a surprising take on the matter.
Astros handed league punishment after sign-stealing scandal
Following the 2019 season, the Houston Astros’ reputation came tumbling down after reports revealed a sign-stealing scandal.
Several prominent outlets reported the Astros went to extreme lengths to gain a competitive edge that involved banging trash cans to relay the incoming pitch. They also used cameras to get a real-time advantage against opposing teams.
All that guided the MLB to punish the Astros with one-year suspensions for general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, a $5 million fine, and a loss of first and second-round draft picks in both 2020 and 2021.
However, the lack of significant action against the Astros angered many of the game’s top players, such as Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton. There was an overwhelming amount of criticism toward commissioner Rob Manfred for the MLB’s handling of the situation.
Through that all, Miguel Cabrera has taken a shocking stance concerning his perspective of the Astros.
Miguel Cabrera surprisingly defends the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal: ‘That’s bulls—‘
Since the Houston Astros were exposed for their actions, many around the MLB have levied harsh criticism.
The overwhelming public perception of the entire matter has shifted over a tainted 2017 World Series title. However, it’s a viewpoint that isn’t shared by everyone as Detroit Tigers star first baseman Miguel Cabrera recently told ESPN that he doesn’t hold that point of view.
“That’s bulls—,” the longtime Detroit Tigers slugger and shoo-in Hall of Famer told ESPN in a rare sit-down interview. “I don’t care about that.”
Cabrera also added that he believes that you still need tremendous talent to win a World Series as hitting is much more than knowing the next pitch.
“In the end…it’s baseball,” said Cabrera, “[Try to] go ahead and do it like those guys did.”
There is certainly much more to it than knowing what pitch was coming, but it’s the unfair advantage that the Astros had. The team went to extreme lengths for years to get a leg up on the competition.
Houston chose to go that route with the knowledge of what they are doing was cheating. They went far beyond any normal sign-stealing attempts by using real-time technology to grab an advantage over their opponents
Ultimately, it’s Cabrera’s point of view, but it’s one that many will likely not share with him.
Legacy forever tainted in Houston
The sign-stealing scandal has forever changed the entire outlook on the Houston Astros.
The Astros may have won the 2017 World Series, but many will leave an asterisk by that accomplishment. It has taken away from the integrity of the game, while many teams and players have lost tremendous respect for the franchise.
The Astros’ actions have also tainted many of their players’ legacies. Star players Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Alex Bregman have received the brunt of the hefty criticism while their reputations have taken significant hits.
For the most part, Houston has taken the harsh judgment on the chin, but it’s a situation that forever alters the outlook on the franchise and its players. Miguel Cabrera’s comments may buck against that notion, but there are not many out there that hold that same belief.