You can add Yankees superstar slugger Aaron Judge to the list of major league players speaking out against the Houston Astros as a result of their sign-stealing scandal during 2017, the season that ended with them winning their first World Series in franchise history.
"It doesn't hold any value," Judge told reporters Tuesday at Yankees Spring Training. "You cheated and you didn't earn it. That's how I feel. It wasn't earned. Playing the game right, fighting until the end... you lay it all out there on the line. Whoevers the better player, person, comes out on top."
The Bronx Bombers fell to Houston in seven games in the 2017 American League Championship Series. The Astros would go on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games to capture the title.
Judge also admitted to deleting a tweet congratulating Astros star Jose Altuve on winning the 2017 Most Valuable Player award.
Altuve won MVP, finishing with 96% of the vote compared to 66% for Judge, who finished in second.
"It wasn't earned. They cheated, that didn't sit well with me. That post didn't mean the same anymore."
The full audio from Judge's media availability can be heard below.
The Yankees slugger has minor right shoulder soreness, but is nothing serious, as he describes above.
Judge finished 2017 hitting .284 with 52 home runs and 114 runs batted in, as a rookie. Altuve had a strong campaign, rounding out with a .384 batting average with 24 home runs and 82 runs batted in.
It doesn't look like the Astros sign-stealing story is going away anytime soon...