Since the MLB handed out their punishment on the Houston Astros for their involvement in a sign-stealing cheating scandal, there has been nothing but criticism towards the league. Commissioner Rob Manfred attempted to get in front of the backlash, but that has only created a stronger firestorm around the matter. Many players have come out publicly to voice their disapproval on the issue, which has seen some of the league’s biggest stars upset. That list now includes the reigning AL MVP Mike Trout airing out his disappointment with how the MLB has handled the matter.
Fallout from Astros’ cheating scandal
In the past several days, an increased outrage against the Astros emerged because of the punishment the MLB handed out.
That compounded with how poorly their initial comments were about the situation last week only put an enormous cloud over the entire situation. The Astros didn’t appear to be genuinely remorseful for their actions but rather gave off the senseless tone of someone who had to apologize publicly for being caught.
Team owner Jim Crane had some puzzling comments stating that he didn’t believe that the cheating impacted the game then seconds later voicing that he didn’t say that. Meanwhile, the apologies from Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman didn’t look to be heartfelt or meaningful in any manner.
All of that, alongside the lack of any player punishment or possible vacating of the 2017 World Series title, has ramped up the level of criticism towards the MLB.
Mike Trout wants more punishment for Astros
With teams fully reporting to training camp ahead of spring training, that has seen many more players voice their disappointment. That has seen the likes of Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, and Kris Bryant all air out their frustration on the matter.
The reigning AL MVP has now added his opinion to the long list as he stated on Monday morning that he believes the league didn’t go far enough with their punishment by any means.
“It’s sad for baseball,” Trout said. “It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected, a lot of people lost jobs. It was tough. Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming — it would be pretty fun up there.”
Trout’s comments fall in line with what many of his peers had to say about the matter. He had also suggested that the MLB vacate the 2017 World Series title and AL Pennant both.
What makes these comments that more compelling is that Trout isn’t one to voice his opinion on matters. He usually keeps himself out of the limelight, but this is an issue that he is up in arms about it impacted many players and teams. Trout’s comments alongside stars like Bellinger, Bryant, and likely more to come should only put a more considerable amount of pressure on the league to do more.
Will the MLB punish the Astros more severely?
It has become quite evident that other players and teams around the league don’t believe the MLB has punished the Astros enough.
Manfred has already come out to speak publicly concerning the matter last week with ESPN. During that interview, he voiced that the MLB punish the players because of the problems that would arise with the players’ association. He also stated that he believes the criticism and public shaming would provide more than enough of a punishment.
Manfred backed those comments up further on Sunday, stating that he believed that the league did the appropriate job with the situation and how they handled it. He also voiced that he doesn’t see much difference in how the Astros will be viewed whether the 2017 World Series title is stripped or not.
All of that further suggests that Manfred isn’t going to budge from his stance, but it’s clear that the rest of the league wants more to be done.