More MLB players react to Astros' sign-stealing scandal

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By 106.7 The Fan

The media hailstorm for the Houston Astros continues by the day, and more and more players in the big leagues are making their opinions known.

Spring Training has just begun for the Astros and it could not have come at a worse time. 

The Houston Astros apologized on Thursday for a sign-stealing scandal that cost their 2017 World Series-winning manager and general manager their jobs.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has affirmed that the punishment the 2017 World Series champions received was harsh enough ($5 million fine, loss of first and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021), and members of the organization have been drawing a lot of negative attention as a result of not seeming too fazed by the allegations of sign-stealing.

Nationals' ace Max Scherzer commented on the topic last week while speaking with reporters at the West Palm Beach complex in Florida that the team shares with the Astros.

“They crossed the moral line and cheated, but they got to answer for it," Max Scherzer said. "It’s not really for us to speak for them, they need to speak for themselves, to talk to the fans of baseball and explain what happened."

Astros owner Jim Crane contradicted himself while addressing the situation. 

"Our opinion is that this didn't impact the game." - Jim Crane"I didn't say it didn't impact the game." - Jim Crane 55 seconds later pic.twitter.com/MnpPeeTUPL

— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) February 13, 2020

Dodgers star and reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger, who lost the 2017 World Series to the Astros, ripped the team for their dishonesty.

"I don't know what human hits a walk-off home run against Aroldis Chapman to send your team to the World Series, and, one, has the thought to say, 'Don't rip my jersey off,' but, two, go into the tunnel, change your shirt, and then come out and do your interview, Bellinger said. "That makes no sense to me."

Astros star Carlos Correa provided the reasoning behind the viral clip of Jose Altuve refusing to let his teammates tear off his shirt during the 2017 ALCS after he hit the walk-off home run to send the club to the World Series in an interview with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Correa's reasoning behind the 2017 AL MVP not wanting his jersey ripped off was that Altuve had an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that "looked terrible."

On Monday, Angels OF and 3x AL MVP Mike Trout addressed the situation and believes the Astros got off way too easy.

"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."

Former Nationals star Anthony Rendon, a Houston native, who joined the Angels during the offseason after winning the 2019 World Series with the Nationals, reported to the team Monday and also chimed in.

"Even when I watched their games over the previous years, it was suspicious," Rendon said. "It looked weird. They were (sitting) on balls that were very tough pitches, and just the way that they were playing the game. They're all talented players. I love those guys over there, especially what they've done in my city of Houston to help us out. But it definitely raises a lot of question marks, watching those games."

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner took aim directly at the commissioner, calling Manfred "out of touch" with the players.

Justin Turner was honest in his response to Comissioner Manfred’s statements about the Commissioner’s Trophy pic.twitter.com/3leAZKGOoG

— Nikki Kay (@NikkiKaySN1) February 17, 2020

Justin Turner on the 2017 Houston Astros: "They shouldn't have rings. Sorry. A World Series championship is earned."

— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) February 17, 2020

holy crap Justin Turner just won the dunk contest https://t.co/iMj0Nt16Bs

— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) February 17, 2020

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