Cheaters Never Win… Or Do They?

In 2017, the Houston Astros won the World Series. It was the first time they won the championship in their storied history. What a moment! The players went crazy, jumping up and down at the mound after they closed out the victory.

There was just one problem – they cheated. You see, the catcher on the team provides signs between his legs that tell a pitcher what pitch to make. After the pitcher sees the sign, he throws that pitch. The Astros set up video equipment in the stands behind center field to steal signs from the opposing catcher. The Astros then assigned people to decipher the catcher’s signs and relay it to the batter. Specifically, they used a bat to bang a trash can in the dugout – two bangs equaled a change up, 1 bang equaled a fast ball. When the batter knows the pitch, he is much more prepared to hit it. If a team does this over and over, they gain an unfair advantage. If a team does it during a World Series, it is enough to win a championship.

Punishments: As a result, Major League Baseball decided to suspend the manager and the general manager for 1 year. In addition, they took away their 1st and 2nd round draft picks and fined the team $5 million. Apparently, these punishments weren’t enough because the owner decided to fire their manager and general manager. However, the Houston Astros have been allowed to keep their World Series title.

Joe’s Perspective: Since the beginning of the game, teams have tried to steal signs to gain an advantage. Runners on second base attempt to decipher the signs and relay his findings to the batter. Baseball purists say it’s part of the game. However, using video equipment is considered cheating. Everyone knows it. So, when players were traded to other teams, these players began to spill the beans to their new teammates. Other teams told Major League Baseball and the investigation was on.

Every sport has their rules. They players knew this was wrong and commented as much during the investigation. If players knowingly breaks the rules, it is cheating, pure and simple. Since they did this during the World Series, I say they should vacate the championship. I believe Major League Baseball could have sent a powerful message, but didn’t.

Your Turn: Do you think this is cheating and, if so, what should the punishment be for the Astros?

 

Comments 25

  1. The Houston Astros definitely cheated. I know sign stealing is a part of the game, and it is fun when you can steal them from second base without the other team knowing. Then, when they do find out, they get uncomfortable and need to change their signs. However, using technology to do this is definitely illegal, and I agree with the punishments. Being able to steal signs is such an advantage, and being able to do it with a camera and the other team not knowing it makes hitting 10 times easier for the other team.

  2. Yea it is cheating and I think they should lose the Championship for that. A 5 million dollar fine was nothing for the team.

  3. I believe it was right that they suspended the manager and the general manager. But I also believe that they should’ve gotten their World Series Title taken away. If they wanted to win they should’ve done so the right way.

  4. I believe it was right that they suspended the manager and the general manager. But I also believe that they should’ve gotten their World Series Title taken away. If they wanted to win they should’ve done so the right way. So yes, they did cheat.

  5. I don’t think it is right since they cheated like how the ball was flat for the patriots and they all weren’t in on it. They should just give up their title and give it to runner up.

  6. Yes I do think this was cheating considering the fact that they used video and had a code to determine the hit if the runners on second based just memorize them then that’s different. I think the punishment for the Astros should half been a half of season to a full season sit out without pay

  7. I think that they should have gotten their world series title taken away from them also. Because they didn’t use just their skill to win they had to revert to cheating. So everything should have been taken away.

  8. Yes I do think this was cheating considering the fact that they used video and had a code to determine the hit if the runners on second based just memorize them then that’s different. I think the punishment for the Astros should half been a half of season to a full season sit out without pay

  9. Yes , I do believe this is cheating they didn’t work hard at all to receive the ‘world series’ title they just cheated their way through it

  10. Them figuring out the hand signals wasn’t cheating, but bringing in cameras evolved it into cheating, as punishment their title should have been taken away and been forced to pay a bigger fine than 5 mil.

  11. It is cheating, but I think they should get their title taken away due to unfairness. If they cheated they didn’t really win the championships so they don’t deserve to keep it.

  12. I do think that this was cheating, they shouldn’t be able to play anymore and have the championship taken away. Because the fine won’t do anything.

  13. I think cheating is necessary some times but its not always good . You could get caught and doesn’t always end out good. But I think the Houston Astros should get their trophy taken away because they didn’t work for it.

  14. Yes is cheating although on their side of this perspective it was to win for the first time but it was still wrong to do and unfair. I think punishment they gave out was reasonable because they are in charge and shouldn’t let this happen

  15. I believe this is not fair at all, because everyone sees that they were let off easy, making others think it’s somewhat okay. The fact that only the managers are suspended meaning the team could potentially still play makes no sense, especially because everyone was involved, so they faced no consequences.

  16. Yes I do think it’s cheating because you have to play by your ability and know the play of the game. The punishment for the Astros should at least to take away the world title

  17. Yes, I believe they should’ve just played the game as the others played. They had an advantage over other teams knowing their plays. Not only the managers but players should have been suspended.

  18. I believe that it is cheating and even though it got them the championship that they wanted, I think they don’t deserve it . Also the fine of $5 million alone was not enough because they still kept the recognition of winning the championship which may let others think they can do the same and just get away with a simple fine.

  19. I think this is unfair advantage, the team knew they were cheating. I think the punishment was fine except for the fact they still have the world series trophy.

  20. Yes, I believe they should’ve just played the game as the others played. They had an advantage over other teams knowing their plays. Only the managers Got suspended but players should have been as well because that’s only fair

  21. I think the Astros definitely cheated and I agree with the punishment. Kudos to the owner for going beyond the MLB punishment and firing his coach

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